British Journal of Psychotherapy, Editor-in-Chief

The British Journal of Psychotherapy (BJP), co-owned by the British Psychotherapy Foundation and Wiley, is currently looking for an Editor-in-Chief, starting in September 2022, to serve for a period of up to three years.

Location: Home
Start Date: September 2022

This unique journal, which brings together leading organizations in the analytic psychotherapy field, publishes original articles, research papers, Clinical Commentaries, New Voices, Focus Point. and book reviews and awards the Rozsika Parker Prize and the new Estela Welldon Prize. It is a pivotal time for the journal: its readership is growing and it is keen to consolidate its international authorship to ensure a plurality of voices is heard on topical issues. The Editor will be expected to project a strong identity for the journal as a forum for lively discussion of current issues in the psychoanalytic field, and as an indispensable practitioner publication.The Editor-in-Chief, in conjunction with the British Psychotherapy Foundation and the publisher, Wiley, is responsible for setting the strategy and direction of the Journal, working closely with the Editorial Board. The Editor oversees the peer review of manuscripts, distributes the papers to the Editorial Board and Reviewing Panel members, and is ultimately responsible for all editorial decisions made at the Journal. Additionally, they commission high-quality review articles and topical special issues, manage the Editorial Board and work closely with the editorial office and production staff at Wiley, and with the head of the Foundation.The successful candidate for the position of Editor-in-Chief will be recognized internationally for their achievements in their field and have a good track record of publications and presentations at conferences. Ideally, they will also have an extensive international network of contacts on which they can draw to continue the development of the Journal. The Editor should look for opportunities to publish a diverse author base and foster a sense of inclusivity in the psychoanalytic world.The Editor-in-Chief of the British Journal of Psychotherapy shall:

• ensure the journal adheres to best practice guidance with respect to research integrity and publishing ethics in accordance with COPE (Committee on Publishing Ethics) guidelines.• maintain high standards in the peer-review process and ensure that the journal adheres to ethical standards.• support the preparation and realization of strategic editorial plans to maintain/increase the status and visibility of the journal.• drive the journal development including the aims and scope and implement new sections and/or article types as needed.• commission analytic articles and special issues in consultation with the Editorial Board.• ensure efficient handling of the manuscripts by the Editorial Board and maintain frequent communication with the Wiley production team once the papers are approved for publication.• lead the Editorial Board and advise on the composition and succession plans of the Editorial Board members to achieve a diverse representation of the community the journal serves and to mentor new members.• represent the journal at national and international meetings.• provide regular updates and insights about emerging themes in psychoanalysis/psychotherapy.• chair Editorial Board meetings three times a year, and attend owners’ meetings with the BPF and Wiley at least once a year.• collaborate with the marketing staff at Wiley on the promotion of the journal.

Desired Attributes:

• strong leadership and communication skills.• an experienced manager with strong organizational ability.• an internationally recognized and active author with an extensive publication record, and a broad appreciation for the diverse field of psychoanalysis/psychotherapy.• a wide sphere of influence and range of contacts in the field of psychotherapy/psychoanalysis.• previous journal editorial experience and working knowledge of an online editorial system.• awareness of relevant technological advances in publishing/dissemination of psychoanalysis/psychotherapy.• willingness to travel to conferences to promote and acquire content for the journal.• high professional and ethical standards.The current Editor-in-Chief, Ann Scott, can be contacted for an informal conversation about the post on or queries can be sent to Paula Potter, the editorial administrator at should comprise a covering letter describing your qualifications and editorial experience, a CV, and a 600-word outline of your vision for the Journal and how you would like to see it develop in the future. Please email your application to: James Edgar, BJP Publishing Manager, Wiley at by 28th February 2022.


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