IDA’s Annals of Dyslexia Seeks Co-Editor-in-Chief

Deadline for Applications – November 15, 2022

Please direct inquiries to:  Annals of Dyslexia Editor Search, c/o Denise Douce at

The International Dyslexia Association (IDA) is seeking a co-editor-in-chief for its tri-annual journal, Annals of Dyslexia (Annals). Annals, an interdisciplinary publication of the International Dyslexia Association, is a peer-reviewed journal dedicated to the scientific study of dyslexia, its co-morbid conditions, and other language-learning disorders, especially those affecting literacy acquisition. Primary consideration for publication is given to original studies, significant reviews, and well-documented reports of evidence-based instructional practices to remediate and prevent reading difficulties. Papers in this leading journal on dyslexia explore theory-based practices, with an emphasis on interventions and the role of teacher knowledge and training.

Qualifications include an extensive research background in dyslexia and related language learning difficulties; a history of publications in journals and/or books in the field; a record of significant scholarly achievement; familiarity with the literature in the field, clinical research design, and basic concepts of statistics and ethics of research; administrative and editorial skills, including familiarity with online peer review systems; capacity for detail work; understanding of the international community of scholars and practitioners; and strong interpersonal skills.  

The Co-Editor must possess the energy and vision to sustain and further develop Annals as a leading forum in special and general education, delivering timely and accurate research to inform instructional practice. Expectations include managing 2 to 6 associate and consulting editors, accepting a minimum of 24 manuscripts per year for publication, and attending remotely convened ad hoc editorial meetings as well as quarterly planning/reporting meetings. In addition, this individual should be a member of IDA and/or have contributed to IDA conferences or publications. Previous editorial experience is desirable.

To apply, please submit the following to Annals of Dyslexia Editor Search, c/o Denise Douce at

  • a letter of intent
  • a current curriculum vitae
  • the name and contact information of three references

Detailed job description 

The IDA Board of Directors has a fiduciary and governance responsibility for IDA and is charged with developing and supporting the IDA mission, which includes the study and treatment of dyslexia and related reading differences as well as dissemination of research about these conditions and effective treatments. Oversight and support of this work is provided by the IDA Chief Executive Officer, IDA Board Chair, Annals Editorial Advisory Board, IDA Executive Editor-in-Chief (EEC), Media & Communications Workgroup (M&C), and the Director of Publications and Resources (IDA Pubs Director). These individuals and bodies may also suggest topics and contributors to ensure alignment with the IDA’s sharpened vision and mission.

Annals is currently published by Springer. Subscriptions and article downloads are available from the Springer website. IDA members access Annals from Springer via the IDA website as a benefit of their membership. The Journal Reading and Writing is also available to IDA members via the IDA members-only site.

Editors of the journal are responsible for the following:


  • Serve for a period of three years, with negotiable extension of an additional 3 years
  • Produce three issues of Annals per year; accept at least 24 manuscripts for publication
  • Select Editorial Board members and ad-hoc (outside) reviewers
  • Operate within IDA’s budget—allowance for Annals operating expenses
  • Assure that the journal is published on schedule
  • Include IDA Staff assigned to Annals in communications with Editors/Associate Editors and Springer with regard to production schedule to ensure inclusion of in-house advertising and up-to-date front matter
  • Revise Guidelines for Contributors as needed and communicate this information to Springer and IDA Pubs Director (or assigned IDA staff person)
  • Communicate regularly with EEC and Pubs Director (or assigned IDA staff person)
  • Participate in a quarterly meeting with the EEC and IDA Pubs Director (or assigned IDA staff person)
  • Meet with IDA EEC, Pubs Director, M&C, and Scientific Advisory Board (SAB) annually at the IDA Conference (at least one Editor-in-Chief or one Associate Editor will attend, if possible)
  • Represent Annals at IDA Conferences, (soliciting manuscripts) identifying potential submitters
  • Assist in ensuring a smooth transition of a future incoming editor and associate editors
  • Serve as liaison to M&C and SAB by attending board meetings. (Only one Editor-in-Chief needs to attend these meetings as well as IDA’s annual conferences [see below])

Journal Review and Submission Process

  • Alert Springer and IDA Pubs Director (or assigned IDA staff person) of changes in Editorial Board membership and Ad Hoc reviewers
  • Determine content (themes, sections) of journal
  • Recruit and collaborate with guest editor(s) to develop at least one theme-based issue per year
  • Invite authors to contribute (as needed)
  • Oversee advertising of “Call for Papers”
  • Review incoming manuscripts and determines suitability of submitted manuscripts for peer review
  • Assign manuscripts to associate and consulting editors for review
  • Select reviewers (or may reject the manuscript in its present form, suggesting a rewrite before peer review)
  • Notify reviewers (at least two—up to four) of date the review is due and follows up with reminder when reviews are late
  • Determine (with Springer) which manuscripts will appear in which issue (the status of each manuscript can be monitored on Springer’s website)
  • Conduct all communication with authors regarding status of manuscript (accept, reject, revise), with date revision is due
  • Ensure a sufficient flow of (accepted) submitted manuscripts to realize the (advertised) publication schedule of the journal
  • Prepare Table of Contents, Ad Hoc Reviewers list, and introduction journal pages
  • Proofread all content after first and final typeset editions


  • Stipend
  • Recognition as Editor-in-Chief in Annals and on Springer and IDA website