Partnership of PRSA and IPR

Applications are welcomed for the Editor-in-Chief position of the Public Relations Journal, a co-sponsored research journal by the Public Relations Society of America (PRSA) and the Institute for Public Relations (IPR).

The successful applicant would start on September 1, 2017. This post is for an initial term of three years, renewable by mutual consent for further terms. Applications should be submitted by August 1, 2017.


About the Journal

Public Relations Journal is a free, web-based, open-access, quarterly academic journal presented by the Public Relations Society of America and the Institute for Public Relations dedicated to offering the latest public relations and communication-based research. This includes the online “publishing” of articles by academics or practitioners who examine public relations in depth and/or create, test or expand public relations theory. We accept all appropriate methodologies including social-scientific, case studies, philosophical, legal/historical and critical. All submissions should be focused on “research that matters to the profession,” and should include a section that outlines that both in the paper and executive summary. Implications for the discipline are key. The Journal provides vital insights that professionals can incorporate into daily practice, and if of interest, explore rich academic studies and resources for a fuller perspective.

The Public Relations Journal will publish original research articles, commentaries, research-in-briefs, case studies, and is open to a variety of formats. The goal of Public Relations Journal is to rapidly share results of important research findings that explore the science beneath the art of public relations™ and are applicable to public relations practice. The Public Relations Journal is committed to ethical publishing practices through transparency.


Key Tasks

The tasks to be undertaken will include but not be limited to:

·      Solicit, receive and process new contributions to the Journal from through the peer review process.

·      Oversee the Editorial Board.

·      Maintain and enhance the journal’s quality and reputation.

·      Promote the Journal and its promotion efforts.

·      Work PRSA, IPR, and the Editorial Board to develop the editorial strategy and direction of the journal and to serve as ambassador for the journal.

·      Commission special issues and assign topical guest editors.


Candidate Attributes

Desirable traits in a candidate include: knowledge of public relations research, research, and issues that matter to the profession, and a publishing track record. Candidates should have a demonstrated ability to exercise timely, clear, and fair judgements in difficult decision-making circumstances. Candidates must be organized, responsive, and able to meet deadlines. Additionally, the candidate will hold the Journal to the highest standards, and ensure transparency in reporting the outcomes of the Journal.


Application Procedure

Applications should include a CV and a letter of interest, specifically referring to your qualifications and vision for the role of Editor-in-Chief.

To submit your application, or for further details, please email Dr. Tina McCorkindale, President & CEO, Institute for Public Relations (

All applications will be treated as strictly confidential.