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Search for a New Editor of Attention, Perception, & Psychophysics (AP&P)

Deadline: February 15, 2020

Attention, Perception, & Psychophysics (AP&P) is an official journal of the Psychonomic Society. It spans all areas of research in sensory processes, perception, attention, and psychophysics. Most articles published are reports of experimental work; the journal also presents theoretical, integrative, and evaluative reviews. Commentary on issues of importance to researchers appears in a special section of the journal. The role of the Editor is to select Associate Editors and an Editorial Board, handle manuscripts, assign manuscripts to Associate Editors, and interface with editorial staff and the Psychonomic Society Governing Board.

Over the past six years, the Psychonomic Society has undertaken a broad range of initiatives. Consequently, there are exciting opportunities for bold and creative innovations that will build on (but not be limited by) the solid foundation established by prior editors to take Attention, Perception, & Psychophysics to the next level.

The term of the editorship is four years. The new incoming Editor will begin receiving new submissions January 1, 2021. The outgoing Editor’s team will continue to receive and act on revisions in 2021 for several months, and their names will continue to appear on the masthead. Toward the end of the incoming Editor's third year of service, the Publications Committee may invite the Editor to extend his or her term by an additional one to two years beyond the initial four years.

See for more information about this high-impact, peer-reviewed journal. Here are a few details not provided on that page:

These are the numbers of new submissions in each of the last three years:

New Submissions  387  502 
Accepted 196 
 Acceptance Rate 51% 
 Total # of Downloads 

Attention, Perception, & Psychophysics
publishes eight issues per year. Work distribution is approximately 80 manuscripts for Editors and 40 manuscripts for each Associate Editor annually.  The Editor will appoint an Editorial Board of approximately 40 Consulting Editors, whose names will appear on the masthead. 

Attention, Perception, & Psychophysics aspires to act on 99% of new submissions within 60 days (and to act on many of them considerably more quickly than that). The Editor typically triages a non-trivial minority of submissions (i.e., rejects without external review manuscripts that clearly are inappropriate for the journal).

The Editor receives a yearly honorarium of $16,000, paid in two installments per year. The Editor’s travel to the annual meeting of the Psychonomic Society (including a meeting with the Publications Committee) is also covered (note that accommodations are not covered). There is no additional budget for secretarial assistance or course release (although Editors can negotiate with their universities for reduced teaching loads). Associate Editors receive an honorarium of $4,000/year. The Editor, Associate Editors, and Consulting Editors all receive free online access to the journal for each year of service. Upon request, they also receive a free hard copy subscription to the journal for that period, if a hard copy subscription is available.

Springer is the society’s publisher. The journal uses ScholarOne (aka ManuscriptCentral) to process and track submissions, select reviewers, file reviews, and so forth. Rob Sanford, Submissions Administrator, provides Editors with support in use of ScholarOne. The Publications Committee provides central support to the editor.

Copy editing, and other aspects of the production/printing/distributing process are handled by Springer (but the Psychonomic Society holds the copyright). Articles are published online within two weeks of acceptance.

Current Editorial Team

The current Editor is Michael Dodd and the Associate Editors are: Brian Anderson, Gideon P. Caplovitz, Meghan Clayards, Loes Van Dam, Karla Evans, Michael C. Hout, Liqiang Huang, Todd A. Kahan, Ashleigh M. Maxcey, Lisa Sanders, and Stefan Van der Stigchel

Information about the Search
The APP Editor Search Committee consists of Cathleen Moore (Chair), University of Iowa, USA; Karla Evans, University of York, UK; Zhe Chen, Canterbury University, New Zealand; and Alejandro Lleras, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, USA.

Nominations are now being solicited and will be considered until February 15, 2020. Self-nominations are welcome and encouraged. Please send the following via email to Cathleen Moore, Chair, APP Search Committee ( and/or Penny M. Pexman, Chair, PS Publications Committee ( at:

  • A brief message expressing interest in the editorship
  • The nominee’s current curriculum vitae
  • Names and email addresses of three referees who could speak to the nominee’s qualifications for the position. [Note that nominees and self-nominees identified through this initial process are not obligated to follow through and accept the editorship.]

In late February/early March, the Search Committee will select a short list from among the nominees, invite those individuals to provide additional information (in particular, a statement of their vision for Attention, Perception, & Psychophysics), and solicit input from their referees.

The Psychonomic Society is committed to scientific merit, which entails the inclusion of scientists of all genders, races, sexual orientations, countries of origin, geographical locations, and disciplinary expertise. Please critically examine your deliberations to eliminate biases that detract from our commitment to merit. The nominee should have strong scientific credentials and relevant editorial experience and the wide range of skills requisite to leading the journal in creative and effective ways. Our hope is that the new Editor will not only maintain Attention, Perception, & Psychophysics' strong record of scholarship and impact but will raise the journal’s profile in exciting new ways.

Please contact Cathleen Moore, Chair, APP Search Committee and/or Penny M. Pexman, Chair, PS Publications Committee.

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