Call For Nominations and Applications for AACE's Scientific Journals

Endocrine Practice and AACE Clinical Case Reports

Derek LeRoith, MD, PhD, FACE, soon will complete his term as Editor-in-Chief of Endocrine Practice and AACE Clinical Case Reports. Both publications are official journals of the American Association of Clinical Endocrinologists (AACE).

AACE invites nominations and applications for two, separate positions:

1) Editor-in-Chief of Endocrine Practice (EP)

2) Editor-in-Chief of AACE Clinical Case Reports (ACCR)

Endocrine Practice (EP) publishes original articles, review articles, commentaries, editorials and visual vignettes. The primary mission of Endocrine Practice is to enhance the health care of patients with endocrine diseases through continuing education of practicing endocrinologists.

AACE Clinical Case Reports (ACCR) is an online journal that publishes case reports with accompanying commentaries on a bi-monthly basis. The primary mission of the journal is to present the most up-to-date information for practicing endocrinologists, fellows in endocrinology, and healthcare professionals dealing with endocrine disorders including diabetes, obesity, osteoporosis, thyroid and other general endocrine disorders.

Applicants for either of the Editor-in-Chief positions must be respected and accomplished endocrinologist thought leaders who maintain an awareness of emerging areas of endocrinology research and practice; well organized, energetic, and innovative; and dedicated to building Endocrine Practice or ACCR as an important and valuable resource for the broad endocrinology community. Successful applicants will have experience as an associate editor, editorial board member, and/or productive reviewer for a peer-reviewed journal, as well as a record of published articles in scholarly journals. Responsibility for the content of the Journal will rest with the Editor-in-Chief, associate editors, and editorial board. The Editor-in-Chief also will work collaboratively to ensure that the Journal helps to meet strategic goals of AACE. Applicants must be comfortable working with electronic technology to expedite review and publication of submitted manuscripts.

Successful candidates will assume their respective positions beginning January 1, 2021, after an orientation and a transition period in late 2020.

Interested individuals should submit an application no later than April 15, 2020, to include the following:

  • Position (either Endocrine Practice or ACCR) to which the application is made;
  • A curriculum vitae; and
  • A succinct letter of interest and qualifications.

Candidates whom the search committee wishes to interview will be notified as such and asked to answer in-depth questions from the search committee. At that time, candidates also should be prepared to provide:

  • A vision statement for the next five years of publication; and
  • Names and contact information for three references.

The search committee has retained KWF Consulting, a leading management firm serving the scholarly publishing community, to review applications and help to identify individuals for telephone interviews. From those interviews, a small number of finalists will be selected for final interviews, which will occur in person or via video conference with the search committee. Following the interviews, the search committee will make its recommendation to the AACE Board of Directors. All candidates will be notified within 10 business days of the Board’s decision.

Applications and/or questions for the search committee should be submitted by email to Lisa Marshall, Senior Consulting Associate ([email protected]). Applications must be received by April 15, 2020. If you would like to forward a nomination for consideration, please provide name(s) and contact information, plus a brief statement of your reason for the nomination, no later than April 15, 2020.

Following is the job description for AACE Journal Editors-in-Chief:

Position objective

The Editor-in-Chief will be the public voice and ambassador of the Journal, providing vision and leading Associate Editors and an Editorial Board in conducting peer review of manuscripts submitted for publication. The Editor-in-Chief reports to the AACE Board of Directors.

Primary role

  • Uphold the Journal’s aims and scope, institute the editorial policy and standards of the Journal as set forth by AACE, and develop editorial strategy in consultation with AACE and the publisher that advance endocrinology clinical practice
  • Lead the Associate Editors in executing these strategic plans and oversee their implementation
  • Enhance and build the educational value of the Journal by soliciting and overseeing state-of-the-art reviews, clinical guidelines, special features, supplements, and topics of interest to clinical endocrinologists
  • Integrate multimedia content that will increase interest and readership of the Journal
  • Promote and adhere to best practices in publishing ethics, including those set forth by the committee on Publication Ethics (COPE) and policies set by the AACE and the publisher
  • Establish goals for the Journal’s editorial quality, peer review process, solicitation of contributions and authors, and communication with authors
  • Ensure rapid and efficient adjudication of manuscripts according to best practices in peer review

Specific responsibilities

  • Identify and appoint Associate Editors and Editorial Board members who contribute diversity in expertise, geographic region, and representation to the Editorial Board and its processes
  • Decide procedures and standards for the acceptance of contributions in accordance with established editorial policies and using web-based manuscript management system provided by the publisher
  • Recruit a sufficient pool of expert reviewers to reach conclusions and make decisions on manuscripts in a timely manner
  • Communicate publishing decisions to authors in a timely, constructive, and helpful manner
  • Keep the flow of accepted manuscripts at a level and on a schedule for regular monthly publication of the Journal
  • Comply with all aspects of the publication agreement between AACE and the publisher, including but not limited to copyright, disclosure of author conflicts of interest, publication schedule, number of pages, online features, permissions, and approval that advertising conforms to AACE policies
  • Write or otherwise obtain articles that introduce the contents of each issue
  • Attend the AACE Annual Scientific and Clinical Congress to promote the Journal, solicit manuscripts, and chair an annual meeting of the Journal Editorial Board
  • Prepare (with staff) and present to the AACE Board of Directors an annual report of Journal operations, including changes to the Editorial Board; number of papers submitted to the Journal; acceptance and rejection rate; origin of submitted and accepted papers; time from submission to decision and decision to publication, and any other statistics requested by AACE
  • Hold monthly or quarterly teleconferences with Associate Editors to review timeliness, acceptance rate, and other Journal editorial and operational priorities
  • Hold monthly meetings with staff to review current Journal timeliness and schedules and other Journal editorial and operational priorities
  • Work directly with the publisher on editorial and marketing initiatives intended to drive readership and citations for the Journal
  • Work with the editorial office staff and publisher to resolve ethics questions and issue errata or retraction if necessary
  • Monitor the Journal editorial budget and seek approval from the AACE Board of Directors for changes that would impact cost


The Editor-in-Chief is expected to serve in this position for five (5) years. 


  • MD or equivalent and should be actively involved in the practice of the specialty
  • In addition to being an AACE member (or willing to join), the Editor-in-Chief must have demonstrated scholarship and recognized leadership in advancing fields relevant to AACE and the content areas for the Journal
  • Enthusiastic and persuasive Journal advocate
  • Access to a broad network of experts working in fields relevant to the content areas of clinical endocrinology
  • Demonstrated ability to meet deadlines, well organized, responsive to feedback
  • Ability to meet the time demands of the Editor-in-Chief position
  • Not an AACE Board of Directors member (or willing to resign if appointed as the Editor-in-Chief)

Does not serve on the Editorial Board or as an Associate Editor of another journal in the field (or willing to resign if appointed as the Editor-in-Chief)