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Vacancy: Journal of Neurodevelopmental Disorders Editor-in-Chief

Journal of Neurodevelopmental Disorders (JND), founded by Professor Joseph Piven, is a leading open access journal in the field of neurodevelopmental disorders research. It provides a unique international forum for researchers interested in comparing and contrasting mechanisms and characteristics related to the pathogenesis of the full range of neurodevelopmental disorders, sharpening our understanding of the etiology and relevant phenotypes of each condition. 

Established in 2009, JND is owned and published by BMC, part of Springer Nature. It covers all the latest research in the field and its content gets over 45,000 accesses each month.

BMC is seeking to appoint an Editor-in-Chief (EiC) to succeed Professor Joseph Piven, the founding Editor of JND. The newly appointed Editor-in-Chief will have full editorial responsibility for the content published in the journal and for ensuring that the ethos, editorial standards, policies and scope of JND are maintained. The EiC will also be responsible for providing strategic guidance and overseeing the commissioning of non-research content.

The ideal candidates will be:

  • Clinicians and researchers with broad experience in the field of neurodevelopmental disorders, and be able to demonstrate their impact in the field with an extensive publication history.
  • Experienced in the editorial process, with strong critical analysis and appraisal skills, and a good understanding of peer review and publication ethics.
  • Supporters of open access publishing.
  • History of strong leadership.
  • Excellent strategic planners with the ability to develop a clear vision for the Journal of Neurodevelopmental Disorders.
  • Interested in building strong community relationships with neurodevelopmental disorders experts, promote interdisciplinary perspectives and integration across the spectrum of translational and basic science research
  • Keen to innovate and continuously develop the Journal of Neurodevelopmental Disorders.
  • Engaged with technology and willing to use the Journal’s online submission and peer review tools.
  • Able to dedicate time on a regular basis to a busy and thriving journal.

Journal of Neurodevelopmental Disorders is currently supported by an Editorial Office run by the publisher for administrative services, and is further supported by a committed team of Section Editors and Associate Editors. The position offers an honorarium, whilst the time commitment is flexible, we anticipate the post-holder would also have a full-time position elsewhere.

Term of appointment

The term of office will be for five years, with an option for renewal by mutual consent for a further five years.


Further details regarding the role and a detailed job description can be obtained by contacting Sara Ho, Senior Publisher, at

Individual and joint applications will be considered. Applications should include a full CV, a letter explaining your interest in the post, and an outline of what your editorial policy and vision might be. Applications should be sent to Sara Ho, at

Interviews and start date

Interviews will be held from March 2023, with a start date on 1st Oct 2023 (negotiable).