Seeking Editor for the Journal of the American Psychoanalytic Association



Journal of the America Psychoanalytic Association (JAPA)

The American Psychoanalytic Association (APsaA) invites applications for the position of Editor-in-Chief of the Journal of the American Psychoanalytic Association (JAPA), for an initial 5-year term, beginning January 1, 2019.  JAPA, available in print and online, is the official journal of the American Psychoanalytic Association.  The journal is a leading force in guiding and shaping the intellectual, educational, and clinical character of psychoanalysis and psychoanalytic psychotherapy in the United States and beyond. The editorship is a prestigious and honored role recognizing an individual’s proven abilities and his/her knowledge of the discipline.  In consultation with the Journal’s Editorial Board and with practical assistance from Managing and Copy Editors, the Editor-in-Chief helps to share scholarly discourse in American psychoanalysis and psychoanalytic psychotherapy.
JAPA offers insightful and broad-based original articles in clinical, theoretical, and applied psychoanalysis, ground-breaking research, interdisciplinary studies, and a wide-ranging book review and essay section that keeps readers apprised of the latest developments in psychoanalysis and related fields.  It provides a forum for the exchange of new ideas and highlights the contribution of psychoanalytic principles in helping to understand important social problems, opening links to the social and political sciences, as it also links psychoanalysts to the latest developments in neuroscience, nursing, cognitive psychology, and other related sciences.  JAPA has served over the years as an important forum for the discussion of psychoanalytic education.  Finally, in its role as the official journal of the American Psychoanalytic Association, JAPA brings to readers reports on meetings – plenary addresses from leaders in the field, panel reports, prize-winning papers, and other presentations and forums.  Published bimonthly, JAPA is an invaluable resource for psychoanalytic scholars, academic researchers and psychoanalytic clinicians from all mental health and related disciplines. 
The Editor-in-Chief of JAPA is responsible for providing a strong editorial vision representative of the goals of APsaA and the Journal, and for maintaining and enhancing the Journal’s high standards for scholarship and well-written articles that present the best current thinking in American psychoanalysis, and psychoanalysis throughout the world, to a broad national and international readership. 
We seek applicants who bring to JAPA a strong identity and experience in the clinical, educational, intellectual, and scientific components of psychoanalysis and in writing and publishing, and a commitment to seeking bridges across different psychoanalytic approaches.  We are interested in applicants’ own visions of the direction of the Journal.  The Editor must have organizational abilities and experience relevant to editing a leading journal, possess excellent communication and interpersonal skills, be adept at using technology, and actively maintain a wide network of professional contacts.  Applicants must be members of APsaA.
Interested individuals should submit an application package that includes:
•    A succinct letter of interest and qualifications
•    A vision statement of 750 words for the next five years of JAPA
•    A current curriculum vitae (in PDF format)
•    Names and contact information for three references
Submit application package to:
•    Tom Newman at the National Office (
•    Application deadline January 19, 2018.