EDITOR-IN-CHIEF 
INFECTION CONTROL & HOSPITAL EPIDEMIOLOGY (ICHE) 
Society for Healthcare Epidemiology of America (SHEA) 

POSITION DESCRIPTION

INTRODUCTION
The term of the current Editor-in-Chief of Infection Control and Healthcare Epidemiology (ICHE) will end on December 31, 2021. The Society for Healthcare Epidemiology of America (SHEA), through a Subcommittee of the Publications Committee, is recruiting a new Editor-in-Chief with a view to interviewing candidates during IDWeek 2020 and executing a contract with the selected candidate in early 2021. The new editorial team will start receiving new submissions in Summer 2021, and will officially take the helm on January 1, 2022.  The deadline for applications is August 1, 2020.

ICHE’s first issue was published in February 1980 (under the title Infection Control), and excitement about its inauguration is captured in an editorial by Richard P. Wenzel and William A. Schaffner (available here).  Initially published bimonthly, the first volume contained 436 numbered pages across 6 issues. Today, ICHE publishes over 1,500 pages annually in 12 issues, as well as Supplements. The Publisher since 2015 has been Cambridge University Press. The current Editor-in-Chief is Suzanne F. Bradley, MD who wrote the January 2015 editorial describing the transition to Cambridge (available here).

Annually, the journal receives close to 900 submissions, of which half are Original Research articles, and the remaining submissions include Concise Communications, Research Briefs, SHEA Documents, and Commentaries.  Thirty percent of submissions are rejected without external review, 30% are peer reviewed, and overall, 40% of submissions are accepted for publication. The journal’s 2018 Impact Factor is 2.856, placing it 48th out of 185 journals in Clarivate’s Infectious Diseases category.

The Editor-in-Chief leads a team that includes 1 Deputy Editor, 4 Associate Editors, 2 Statistical Consultants, and an Editorial Board of around 60 members.  SHEA provides full support of the editorial office, through the Managing Editor.

Current Scope of ICHE (from the Instructions to Authors):

Manuscripts submitted to Infection Control & Hospital Epidemiology (ICHE) should consist of original investigations that will contribute to the fields of healthcare epidemiology, antimicrobial stewardship, and infection prevention with the ultimate goal of improving healthcare safety. ICHE welcomes submissions that address the transmission of pathogens or that involve the use of epidemiological principles and methods to evaluate or improve the delivery of care within healthcare institutions. Examples of appropriate material include: studies of infection surveillance, the impact of preventive measures on infection rates or antimicrobial resistance, analyses of resource use and costs related to infections or other adverse events in patients, occupational health, or pertinent regulatory issues. ICHE Article Types include original articles, concise communications, research briefs, letters to the editor, and invited reviews, including guidelines and position papers.

The Editor-in-Chief (EIC), in consultation with the Publications Committee and Board of Trustees (BOT) may make changes to the Scope statement as needed to capture topics of interest to the community.

DESCRIPTION OF RESPONSIBILITIES

General Scope of Responsibilities

The Editor-in-Chief shall strive to:

  • Publish the most authoritative, innovative, and highest quality content in the infection control, antimicrobial stewardship, and healthcare epidemiology fields;
  • Identify emerging areas of importance and actively solicit the best work being done in those areas; 
  • Promote the scientific exchange of ideas to advance the field and related areas of interest to the readership of the journal;
  • With the Society and Publisher, optimize the use of web-based journal features, including virtual issues, podcasts, webinars, blogs, and social media activities.
  • Ensure timely and constructive feedback to authors who submit papers for peer review.

Governance

The SHEA Publications Committee (reporting to the SHEA Board of Trustees) oversees SHEA publications, including the journal. The SHEA Publications Committee’s charge is to support the editor and editorial team and to oversee the Society’s journal and other publications from a strategic, commercial and management aspect. In this capacity, the SHEA Publications Committee will provide the Editor-in-Chief with the Society’s criteria for evaluating the strategic direction, scope, metrics, and success of the journal, and will conduct periodic evaluations of the EICs’ performance.

Editorial Responsibilities

The EIC, upon the advice of the Editorial Board, shall have complete and final authority for the selection, editorial modification, and quality of all materials published. The specific responsibilities of the EIC shall include:

  1. Establishing, in consultation with SHEA’s Publications Committee, the Editorial Board for the journal (Deputy Editor, Associate Editors, and Editorial Board Members), consisting of distinguished US and international researchers and practitioners across the field, ensuring that the Editorial Board represents the society’s diverse membership.
  2. Working with the Society and the Publisher to develop strategies for editorial development of ICHE, including deploying electronic features available through the Publisher’s journal website, developing plans and strategies to attract the highest impact science in support of the journal’s Impact Factor, and attending strategy and planning meetings arranged by the Society or the Publisher.
  3. Engaging the Editorial Board in continuous improvement and development of the journal, improving their understanding of criteria for selecting papers and expanding coverage in new areas while acting as advocates for the journal. 
  4. Arranging appropriate, timely, and efficient peer-review procedures for the contributions submitted for publication in the journal, and utilizing the manuscript tracking system (Editorial Manager) provided by the Publisher (Cambridge University Press). 
  5. Preparing an annual or semi-annual report to the SHEA Publications Committee and Board of Trustees, showing the acceptance rate, rate of submission, origin of submitted and accepted papers, time lag to first decision and final decision, and other metrics that will indicate the health of the journal.
  6. Ensuring that his or her conduct conforms to the highest standards of professional conduct and scientific integrity, is consistent with all applicable laws and regulations, and reflects positively on SHEA; and promoting the same standards of conduct by the Deputy, Associate and other members of the editorial team.  
  7. Managing any ethical issues or concerns raised by Journal stakeholders (e.g., authors, reviewers, editors, etc.), in accordance with industry best practices (e.g., guidelines established by the Council on Publication Ethics (COPE) and International Committee of Medical Journal Editors (ICMJE)).
  8. Securing from all members of the Editorial Board annual conflict of interest disclosures and submitting his or her own Conflict of Interest statement annually to the Executive Director of SHEA.

Term
The EIC will serve a single one-time term of five (5) years, commencing January 1, 2022 and ending December 31, 2026, with the possibility of one additional 5-year term with mutual agreement of the EIC and the SHEA BOT. There will be an overlap period with the outgoing EIC, starting in Q2 2021, and depending on the pipeline of articles in process heading into 2022.

Honorarium
The EIC is provided an honorarium by SHEA, which is paid on a quarterly basis.

Editorial Budget
The Editor must adhere to the Editorial Budget, which includes the honoraria for Deputy and Associate Editors. The EIC must notify staff in August if there are any desired increases in the number or honoraria of Associate Editors for the following year.

Office Support
SHEA will arrange for office support for the work of the Editor(s)-in-Chief through the Society’s full-time Managing Editor who is located in New York, NY.

Instructions for Contributors
See https://www.cambridge.org/core/journals/infection-control-and-hospital-epidemiology/information/instructions-contributors

Further Information
There is a significant amount of information available to prospective applicants at https://www.cambridge.org/core/journals/infection-control-and-hospital-epidemiology/information 

APPLICATION REQUIREMENTS

Applications should include:
[] Full CV
[] A letter summarizing your vision and goals for ICHE 2022 – 2026
[] A letter of support from your institution (approximately 20% release time, all editorial management will be provided by SHEA’s full-time Managing Editor)
[] 2 letters of recommendation from your peers

For additional information, or to submit your application,  please contact:
Kristy Weinshel
Executive Director
SHEA
(703) 684-1008
kweinshel@shea-online.org