Call for Expressions of Interest for Brain Research Editor-in-Chief

From Elsevier

We are seeking an Editor-in-Chief for our flagship neuroscience title Brain Research. The first step of the search process is an open call for nominations of candidates. Self-nominations are welcome and encouraged. The Search Committee welcomes nominations of a diverse pool of candidates without regard to race, ethnicity, religion, gender identity, sexual orientation, parental status, national origin, country of residence, age, disability, or any other category protected by law. Brain Research is a broad-format journal inviting submissions from across the international neuroscience community that range in scope from issues in fundamental neurobiology to translational and clinical neuroscience.

Role and Responsibilities

The Editor-in-Chief is responsible for defining an overall strategy for the journal and upholding the mission of the publication. The Editor-in-Chief works closely with the Deputy Editor to evaluate submissions and assign, if appropriate, to a handling editor who recommends whether the submission should be sent to reviewers or rejected without review based on how it ranks relative to other submissions under consideration. The Editor-in-Chief also handles suspected plagiarism cases, Editorials, Correspondences, and Announcements.

The ideal Editor-in-Chief should have

  • an international reputation as an outstanding researcher and educator in field of neuroscience
  • a demonstrated commitment to constructive participation in academic peer review
  • no major conflicts of interest and adequate support from applicant’s institution
  • an ability to work diplomatically with authors, other editors, and reviewers
  • intellectual curiosity and enthusiasm for the field of neuroscience as a whole
  • an interest in remaining abreast of issues and developments in scientific publishing
  • an unwavering commitment to quality, integrity, and the principles of academic freedom
  • a willingness to work within an online manuscript handling system and handle email correspondence

Nomination and Selection Process

15 August 2022 is the deadline to submit a nomination. Prospective candidates are asked to send a complete curriculum vitae and a cover letter (max 1 page), detailing their interest for the position and names and email addresses of three referees who are willing to speak to the nominee’s qualifications for the position. Please send the document to Gail M. Rodney, Senior Publisher; email:

In September, the Search Committee will select a short list from among the nominees, invite those individuals to provide additional information (in particular, a statement of their vision for Brain Research), and solicit input from their referees.


The initial term of the editorship is three years with a maximum total term of 10 years. However, the parties understand and acknowledge that an initial appointment is not a commitment to a 10-year term. The incoming Editor-in-Chief will begin receiving new submissions on 1 January 2023.

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