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By ISQua Friday. Feb 4, 2022

IJCOMS Section Editor Recruitment Featured

IJQHC Communications (IJCOMS) is an open-access, peer-reviewed, international journal that publishes research related to quality and safety in health care, with a focus on implementation science, for a worldwide readership.  Expressions of interest are now being invited for multiple Section Editors, with duties to commence on 1st April 2022. 


Scope of IJQHC Communications

IJQHC Communications is one of two journals jointly owned and published by ISQua and Oxford University Press (OUP).  The first journal, the International Journal for Quality in Health Care (IJQHC) is now in its 33rd volume and currently has an impact factor of 1.94. The IJQHC is a leading journal for the publication of research, evaluation and improvement in the quality and safety of health care.  

IJQHC Communications has followed the lead of IJQHC, providing a platform to publish high-quality global research, but has a greater focus on quality improvement and implementation research. 

The key areas of focus are research, policy, and implementation related to the quality of health care and health outcomes for populations and patients worldwide. The journal is truly interdisciplinary, welcoming original contributions in the disciplines of health services research, healthcare evaluation, policy, health economics, quality improvement, management, and clinical research focused on the quality and safety of care. Most of the papers published in IJQHC Communications are by authors from LMICs; supporting these authors is an essential part of the editorial policy.


IJQHC Communications has an Editor-in-Chief and Deputy Editor, which is supported by an Editorial Committee, as well as office staff at ISQua and OUP. The journal is currently seeking to expand by appointing Section Editors in the following areas:

  1. Health system performance (Patient safety, regulations, accreditations, cost efficiency, effectiveness)
  2. Innovations (Teaching, training, medical education, new technologies)
  3. Patient experience and satisfaction (Quality of care, health disparities, social determinants)


The Section Editor Role

The Section Editor will champion research content for IJQHC Communication. The role holder(s) will assist the Editor-in-Chief and Deputy Editor in commissioning quality content to help achieve an audience in a competitive market. 


The Section Editor shall:

  1. Serve as an expert in the particular section/area;
  2. Stimulate quality papers for the Journal;
  3. Commission relevant articles for your area of expertise, particularly commentaries or papers that fit the journal’s existing series;
  4. Make provisional decisions on manuscripts
  5. Select, invite, and assign (or recommend) reviewers for papers suitable for peer review
  6. Assess reviewers’ comments and authors’ revisions
  7. Advise/collaborate, at the request of the Editor-in-Chief or Deputy Editor, on appeals
  8. On the basis of reviews, make recommendations on the acceptance of papers of a suitable standard;
  9. Provide editorials for lJQHC Communications;
  10. Attend Editorial Meetings and participate in Editorial Sub-Committees as appropriate;
  11. Promote calls for papers, webinars, and published content on social media and through other dissemination networks;
  12. Maintain a high degree of professionalism within the team and in representing the journal externally 



At least five years’ experience as a senior academic and or research professional, with a recognised and demonstrated standard of excellence in the following areas:

  1. An established track record in Health Services Research, Improvement Science, Implementation Science or Patient Safety research or practice
  2. Experience in an editorial role of a scientific or academic journal
  3. Experience as a reviewer of papers submitted to scientific or academic journal
  4. Commitment to supporting authors from LMICs, authors whose first language is not English, and junior scholars



Subject to fulfilment of responsibilities, and in recognition of their special contribution to the Journal, ISQua shall advance a grant as needed of up to €500 (euro) to each Section Editor to cover some of the costs to attend the ISQua International Conference or another conference of relevant interest to their editorial work within the terms and amount of the budget set by the ISQua Board for that year. A free of charge registration for the main annual ISQua Conference will also be made available for each year of appointment. Section Editors will also receive an automatic waiver of Article Processing Charges for one first-authored paper accepted and published in IJQHC or IJQHC Communications.


You are invited to apply by emailing a brief curriculum vitae of a maximum of two sides of an A4 page and a cover letter, including interest and expertise in the specific section (health system performance, innovations, or patient safety and experience) to Sinead McArdle (This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.) by close of business Friday, 25 February 2022.


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