ISPS Book Series: Series Editor Vacancy

We are looking for a new honorary co-editor for the ISPS book series, published with Routledge, to help continue to expand and develop this important strand of ISPS’s work. There are now over twenty books published in the series, further books commissioned, and a number of proposals under consideration.

The opportunity has arisen as one of our two co-editors, Alison Summers, will soon retire. The person appointed now will work in partnership with the second current co-editor, Anna Lavis. The book series co-editors work alongside a separate editorial advisor for the academic monograph series, currently Andrew Moskowitz. We also have the invaluable support of an editorial board, with members drawn from a variety of disciplines and perspectives.

We are seeking someone with a good understanding of the ethos of ISPS, whose interest in psychological and social aspects of psychosis is relatively broad and who has experience of writing on these topics. The co-editor needs to be able to respond to submitted manuscripts within a short time frame, and to deal with email communications promptly.

For further information, or to express interest in the role, please contact Anna Lavis and Alison Summers. To express an interest, please send a letter outlining why you would be interested in the role and the strengths that you would bring to it, alongside a curriculum vitae, by 31st August 2018.

Person Spec:

  • A commitment to ISPS’s aims and willingness to become a member of ISPS;
  • Knowledge of recent developments in the treatment of, and/or academic research into, psychosis;
  • The ability to write clearly and lucidly on mental health topics;
  • Written and spoken English to the standard of a native speaker;
  • Excellent communication skills;
  • Previous experience of publishing, editing or peer reviewing.

Role Outline:

Series editing tasks shared with co-editor include:

  • Identifying topics for new books; approaching potential editors/authors; responding to unsolicited suggestions
  • Giving feedback on draft proposals, book chapters and manuscripts.
  • Liaising with authors over the progress of work and answering author queries promptly
  • Liaising with Routledge re proposals, sales, finances, contracts
  • Liaising with co-editor, and with the ISPS International Organiser Antonia Svensson, who provides a few hours’ support per month to the series editors. In addition to email, currently we are meeting by Skype, approximately quarterly
  • Reporting to the ISPS International Executive Committee
  • Liaising with the editorial board

Time Commitment:

Variable; average commitment perhaps two days per month.


None. Series editors receive up to £300 per annum expenses, and three copies of each book that comes out during their editorship. They have recently also been offered a free place at the ISPS international conference.