The American Academy of Sleep Medicine (AASM) board of directors has appointed an Editor Search Committee to evaluate applicants and make a recommendation for the selection of the next editor-in-chief of the Journal of Clinical Sleep Medicine (JCSM). The AASM is now accepting applications from candidates interested in being considered for the position.

The AASM began publishing JCSM in 2005, and today it remains the exclusive source of AASM clinical practice guidelines, position statements, and other guidance, as well as peer-reviewed sleep and circadian research, systematic reviews, commentaries, and editorials. The AASM is seeking an editor-in-chief to implement strategies advancing a bold vision for the future of the journal.

Novel science that impacts the clinical practice of sleep medicine continues to evolve and grow, requiring JCSM to continue its maturation as a dynamic and vibrant scholarly forum. The AASM board of directors has approved a new JCSM strategic plan, and the next editor-in-chief will be responsible for elevating JCSM’s reputation as the premier scientific journal for human sleep and circadian science, growing the journal’s influence within academic and clinical medicine, and ensuring the journal’s relevance to members of the sleep and circadian science and medicine community. A complete job description is available for review.

The AASM provides a stipend to the editor-in-chief in recognition of the time commitment required to serve in this position. If requested, the AASM can direct this stipend to the editor’s institution to ensure protected time for this role.

The position of editor-in-chief is a five-year appointment that is renewable for one term. The current editor, Dr. Nancy Collop, will conclude her second term Dec. 31, 2024. The term of the next editor will begin Jan. 1, 2025.

Application Process

To be considered by the JCSM Editor Search Committee, candidates must have an active AASM membership for 2024 and be in good standing at their place of employment. Applicants must review the AASM conflict of interest policy and submit the following materials to The submission deadline has been extended to Monday, March 18, 2024.

  • Curriculum vitae
  • Completed conflict of interest disclosure form
  • Letter of application (maximum 10 pages) that outlines the candidate’s qualifications, presents a vision for the future of JCSM, and addresses the following topics:
    • Prior editorial experience
    • Strategies to increase the journal’s impact (and impact factor), visibility, and relevance to readers in support of the JCSM strategic plan
    • Strategies to optimize the author’s experience to attract the highest-quality human sleep and circadian science
    • Strategies to improve efficiency in the publication process including rapid, high-quality peer review
    • Qualities you would look for in a Deputy Editor and how you would develop and oversee the editorial board of the journal

In-person interviews will be conducted with the finalists in June at the SLEEP annual meeting in Houston. Candidates selected for an in-person interview will be required to submit a letter of support from their practice or institution (division chief, department chair, or medical school dean) confirming employment in good standing and ensuring that appropriate time can be set aside for editorial duties if selected. The selected applicant will begin collaborating with the current editor and AASM staff during a transition period in the fall of 2024 before assuming full editorial responsibilities on Jan. 1, 2025.

Questions about the position and the search process can be submitted to

Updated Feb. 14, 2024