2017 Webinar 2: Managing Editor-in-Chief Transitions

Held: March 30, 2017, 11:30 AM to 12:30 PM Eastern Time

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An editor-in-chief transition is a big deal. Whether this is something that happens every two years or ten, managing this process can be daunting, and no one knows better than those in the editorial office how important it is to get it right. In this webinar, four expert panelists will discuss the details of transitioning editors-in-chief, from the search process to the business-related logistics and the impact on editorial and workflow.


  • Explore strategies for managing an editor-in-chief transition.
  • Consider the importance of engaging the incoming and outgoing editors-in-chief in the process and how this can be accomplished.
  • Discuss recommendations for successful transitions.
  • Identify realistic positives and negatives (potential benefits and pitfalls) of editor-in-chief transitions.


Mary K. Billingsley, ELS, Managing Editor, American Academy of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry


Sharon Chua, Associate Managing Editor, Scientific Journals, American Society for Radiation Oncology
Sharon Chua is the Associate Managing Editor for the journals of the American Society of Radiation Oncology. Prior to joining ASTRO, she was a production team manager for the Institute of Physics Publishing. Sharon managed the production team of the journals of the American Astronomical Society, and worked on the launch of a hybrid OA journal for the institute. She is experienced in journal workflow process improvement, supplier management, and systems migrations.
Judy Connors, Independent Consultant, Do It Write Editorial, LLC; Managing Editor, Foot and Ankle Specialist (FAS); Managing Editor, Journal of Trauma and Acute Care Surgery (JTACS)
A seasoned professional with over 25 years’ experience in the biomedical publishing field, Judy recently left DIA after 5 years during which time she retired a journal, launched a new journal, redesigned the association news magazine and developed what she refers to as a “continuum of content” which enabled the association’s publications, website, marketing outreach and educational platform to work together to create, curate and disseminate critical health care knowledge to a diverse stakeholder group.

Judy recently returned to publishing consulting work with her own business, Do It Write Editorial, LLC, offering a broad range of publishing and editorial services across the healthcare, financial, and travel/tourism industries.
Alice Ellingham, Director, Editorial Office Ltd.
Alice Ellingham is a co-founder of Editorial Office Ltd, a company which provides peer review services to over a dozen academic publishers in the UK, Europe, USA and Australasia, including PLOS, the Microbiology Society and eLife. She has an in-depth knowledge of all aspects of peer review and specialises in auditing and streamlining journal workflows. Alice is a member of COPE, ALPSP and was a founding member of ISMTE.
Heather Goodell, Vice President, Scientific Publishing, American Heart Association
Heather Goodell is the Vice President of Scientific Publishing for the American Heart Association. She oversees a program 12 peer-reviewed scientific journals as well as statements and guidelines. She has worked at the AHA for over 13 years, with past careers at Pearson Education and others.