Job title: Editor-in-Chief, Interacting with Computers (5-year term)
Salary: Honorarium


BCS, The Chartered Institute for IT and Oxford University Press are inviting applications and nominations for the position of Editor-in-Chief of the peer-reviewed journal Interacting with Computers.

About the role:

In consultation with BCS and Oxford University Press, the Editor-in-Chief will take the lead on the journal’s editorial policy and development strategies, and in guiding submissions through the peer review process. The appointment will be for a five-year term beginning in January 2021.

Interacting with Computers (IwC) publishes original research across the breadth of the multi-disciplinary field of Human-Computer Interaction (HCI). IwC breaks down barriers by actively fostering communication between academic researchers and practitioners to encourage the flow of information across the boundaries of its contributing disciplines.

Topics covered include: HCI and design theory; new research paradigms; interaction process and methodology; user interface, usability and UX design; development tools and techniques; empirical evaluations and assessment strategies; new and emerging technologies; ubiquitous, ambient and mobile interaction; accessibility, user modelling and intelligent systems; organisational and societal issues. The journal also encourages the submission of special issue proposals.

Format: The journal mainly publishes original research articles, but review articles and other submission types are considered if positive reviews are received that demonstrate the value of the work. The journal will be moving to online-only publication from the beginning of Volume 32.

Frequency: Six issues per volume, one volume per year.

Expected manuscript submissions: Typically 160–175 per year.

Key responsibilities:

The Editor-in-Chief (EiC) will provide leadership and determine editorial policy and journal development strategies for Interacting with Computers, in consultation with members of the Advisory and Editorial Boards, the BCS and the Publisher.

The EiC will ensure the journal’s content is in keeping with the journal scope, provides value to its readership, and reflects the highest standards of scientific value and integrity; the Editor also ensures journal operations are conducted in accordance with industry standards and best ethical and publishing practices.

The EiC’s specific responsibilities include:

  • Setting strategic priorities and working with all stakeholders to ensure that these are fulfilled;
  • Determining the content types to be published and the journal scope, periodically making changes to the journal scope to accommodate emerging areas of research or to allow for growth;
  • Ensuring the rigorous peer review of all submissions, the timely communication of decisions to submitting authors, and the supply of sufficient high-quality material to publish the issues of the journal;
  • Managing the Editorial Board and overseeing performance in their management of the peer review process;
  • Making final accept/reject decisions on receipt of recommendations from the Editorial Board;
  • Acting as an arbiter in disputes or where ethical issues arise, in consultation with the Publisher and in line with the guidelines provided by the Committee on Publication Ethics;
  • Making appointments to the Advisory and Editorial Boards, as required, and in support of the agreed editorial strategy for the journal. Ensuring that there is adequate representation on the board in terms of subject expertise, gender and geographical diversity;
  • Working with the Publisher and the Publisher’s marketing representatives to develop and implement marketing strategies to support the development of the journal;
  • Leading the annual editorial board meeting, held at the ACM CHI conference.

The Editor-in-Chief will be supported by the appointed Editorial Office Manager. Manuscript submission and peer review are managed using the ScholarOne online system.

Who we are looking for

Key competencies
  • Candidates should have a strong record of recognized scholarship, a broad base of knowledge in the field of HCI, demonstrated leadership and communication skills, and appropriate time to devote to the journal.
  • Understanding of publishing is essential.
  • Previous editorial experience and the ability to clearly articulate a compelling vision for the journal are other key factors on which candidates will be evaluated.
Application questions:

If applying for the position, please submit a written response to the following application questions:

  • Your vision for Interacting with Computers [300-word limit]
  • Reasons for your interest in this position [300-word limit]
  • Brief description of your current research interests and fields of activity [100-word limit]
  • Prior editorial experience, including work in the following roles: Editor, Associate Editor, and / or Editorial Board Member of a journal [100-word limit]
  • Brief description of leadership positions held [100-word limit]
  • Estimate of the amount of time per week that this editorship will require and that you are able to devote to the position
  • Other personal qualifications and / or comments that may be relevant for the selection committee [300-word limit]
  • Any questions you may have in relation to the appointment
  • Please attach your curriculum vitae to your application
How to apply

We invite recommendations and applications for this position by Tuesday 30 June 2020.

Applications and nominations should submit a written response to the application questions to Ian Borthwick, Head of Publishing, BCS, the Chartered Institute for IT; email: