Journal of Clinical Sleep Medicine Editor Job Description

Novel science that shapes the clinical practice of sleep medicine continues to evolve and grow, requiring JCSM to continue its maturation as a dynamic and vibrant scholarly forum. The editor-in-chief is responsible for maintaining the JCSM’s reputation as a premiere scientific journal, growing the journal’s influence within academic and clinical medicine, and ensuring the journal’s relevance to members of the American Academy of Sleep Medicine (AASM).


Editor-in-chief is a five-year term, with eligibility for a second five-year term at the discretion of the AASM’s Board of Directors.


The editor-in-chief will broadly ensure the following JCSM goals:

  • Continue to improve the quality of the journal by publishing original research and other material of interest to the JCSM readership in a timely fashion.
  • Solicit and publish high-quality editorials, commentaries, and critical reviews focusing on areas of high priority to our membership, including areas of controversy.
  • Ensure that JCSM continues to serve as a forum for publication of the AASM’s intellectual property as well as official statements of the Board of Directors that are relevant to the field.


The duties of the editor-in-chief include, but are not limited to, the following:

  • Development of a long-term strategic plan for the journal, including improved evaluation and dissemination of scientific material
  • Develop policies for enhancing timely review and publication. These policies should be developed within the first year of editorship. The policies should specifically state expectations for the submission-to-decision timeline (recommended to not exceed 2 weeks) and the decision-to-publication timeline (recommended to not exceed 3 months).
  • Evaluation of all manuscripts to ensure scientific integrity
  • Selection and ongoing evaluation of qualified associate editors and members of the editorial board
  • Oversight of the monitoring and resolution of conflicts of interest held by associate editors and reviewers
  • Selection of a large and diverse pool of qualified reviewers who can conduct fair and timely reviews of manuscripts
  • Oversight of the submission of manuscripts and initial acceptance decision
  • Oversight of the process of assignment of manuscripts to associate editors and to appropriate reviewers when appropriate.
  • Solicitation of relevant and timely manuscripts, editorials, case reports, pro/con debates, book reviews and other materials from prospective contributors and oversight of the process for publication of such solicited materials
  • Determination of issue composition
  • Holding an annual meeting for associate and deputy editors at the SLEEP conference
  • Adherence to the mission, publication practices, and schedule as put forth by the AASM Board of Directors
  • Work with the AASM Board of Directors to ensure the financial health and viability of the journal, including exploration of revenue streams and journal costs
  • Relationships

    The editor-in-chief works closely with AASM staff, including a publications manager, publications assistant, and graphic designer, to manage production of the journal. In addition, the editor-in-chief works closely with the executive director and other members of the AASM management team. The position of editor-in-chief is independent, and has a professional relationship with the AASM’s Board of Directors. 

    The editor-in-chief of JCSM will receive an annual stipend of $50,000 for their service.