RehabPro: Call for Editor

By Sue Yoemans posted 07-09-2018 15:25


Call for Editor: The Rehabilitation Professional

Position Description

The Rehabilitation Professional is published quarterly by the International Association of Rehabilitation Professionals. The Rehabilitation Professional promotes the profession and publishes referred education and research materials relevant to the practices and processes of rehabilitation professionals.

The objectives of The Rehabilitation Professional include:

  • Publish materials, which will add to the growing literature base of the practice of rehabilitation.
  • Provide the professional field with information regarding events and developments important to the practice of rehabilitation.
  • Provide a forum for the debate and discussion of practice issues.
  • Promote professional practice by addressing issues relevant to certification, ethics, standards of practice, and research methodologies.
  • Promote advanced practice through the publication of pre-approved continuing education feature articles.

Organizational Structure:

The Rehabilitation Professional is owned and copyrighted under the name of the International Association of Rehabilitation Professionals. The Editor (and all related staff and personnel) serve at the pleasure of and under the direction of Board of Directors of IARP. These are voluntary, not paid positions.

Term of Service:

Three years.

Objectives and Responsibilities:

The following items define the objectives of the Editor:

  • The Editor shall be responsible for the overall management of the journal, including the selection of staff (associate editors, review Journal Editorial Board members, advisors, etc.), and for timely and relevant content from issue to issue. 
  • A significant degree of responsible “academic freedom” is essential for the Editor to be able to develop and maintain the journal with regard to the overall content of each issue.
  • As indicated by the list of responsibilities below, the Editor will have great latitude and freedom to develop content (topics, issues, and discussions) as long as the journal is developed within the context of the journal’s mission and the governing parameters set forth by the Board. 
  • The Editor may recommend any changes and/or alterations of any of these points to the Board for consideration.

The following items define the responsibilities and activities of the Editor:

  • The Editor shall put into place a set of procedures for managing the influx of articles, the peer review process, deciding the relevancy of materials/articles/papers and what will be included in the final copy for each issue.
  • The Editor shall develop a plan for future issues as a primary mechanism to ensure that the journal will be delivered on a timely basis (four times per year – January, April, July, and October, or whatever time line is established).
  • To ensure that the journal will remain timely and relevant, the Editor will, as needed, solicit, invite, and otherwise develop articles and content for current and future issues, including reaction papers, special topic papers, and relevant reprints from other sources. On occasion, the Editor may develop a “special issue” with a guest editor (optional) for a particular topic.
  • The Editor shall write (or assign for writing) the “Editorial” for each issue – providing an overview and summary of the issue’s content.
  • The Editor shall develop a system and procedure (phone calls, emails, and letters) for responding to relevant inquires, submissions, and revisions from professionals needing to communicate in any way regarding questions related to the journal. In particular, a procedure is necessary for knowing where all articles are in the review process, including an overall plan for decision-making on submissions (acceptance, acceptance with revisions, rejections).
  • In order to maintain a high level of professional content for articles, the Editor shall strictly adhere to APA standards in manuscript development (style, tables, references, format, etc.). It is essential that the Editor be fully familiar with the current Publication Manual of the American Psychological Association (6th Ed., 2009, 2nd Printing at this time).
  • The Editor shall include only ad copy, announcements, promotional pieces, and reports that are consistent with and complimentary to the mission of this professional journal. 
  • Working with the publisher of the journal, the Editor shall provide final approval prior to the publication and release (digital or print) of the journal to the membership or public.
  • The National Office will be responsible for providing final ad copy to the Editor before the agreed upon deadline.

Required Knowledge and Skills

Persons applying for the position of Editor shall meet or exceed the qualifications listed below:

  • Demonstrated skills and accomplishments as an author, presenter, and/or developer within the field of life care planning and/or rehabilitation counseling, and preferably having demonstrated the authoring of professional, peer-reviewed articles in professional journals.
  • Demonstrate, by whatever means, the capacity and time to commit to the additional responsibilities of managing of a national, professional journal.
  • Be a current member of the International Association of Rehabilitation Professionals.

Education and Experience:

  • Possess a Master’s degree (or higher) in the field of Rehabilitation Counseling or some related field.
  • Possess five or more years of experience and /or practice within the profession.
  • Specialized training in:
  • Active affiliations:
  • Other requirements (certifications and so forth):

Physical Demands:

The physical demands are representative of the physical requirements necessary for someone to successfully perform the essential functions of the job. Reasonable accommodation can be made to enable people with disabilities to perform the described essential functions.

Application Procedure

  1. Submit a complete professional resume including a listing of all publications in professional journals, previous journal activity (if any), and a summary of professional activities to Kim Bailey at
  2. A brief narrative of your desire, intent, and interest in becoming Editor of The Rehabilitation Professional.
  3. Three letters of reference from other professionals who are knowledgeable of the publishing process, and who can provide an objective appraisal of your capacities and skills for assuming the position of Editor of The Rehabilitation Professional.

Applications should be submitted to: All applications for the editor position for The Rehabilitation Professional should be submitted on or before August 18, 2018. The committee will review applications and inform applications of their status as soon as possible.

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