Journals Editor-in-Chief Elections


Nominations for IOVS Editor-in-Chief, JOV Editor-in-Chief and TVST Editor-in-Chief

Nominations for the Editor-in-Chief (EIC) position for each ARVO Journal—Investigative Ophthalmology & Visual Science (IOVS), Journal of Vision (JOV) and Translational Vision Science & Technology (TVST)—closed May 15, 2020.

The EICs are elected every five years by the membership-at-large. This position is responsible for oversight and adherence to ARVO's policies and procedures including acceptance and rejection of articles for publication in the journals and for the appointment of the Editorial Boards. At present, IOVS receives about 2,300 new submissions a year, JOV receives over 540 new submissions a year and TVST receives over 600 new submissions a year. All support for the Editors is provided by staff at ARVO Headquarters in Rockville, Md. Honorarium is equivalent to size and scope of each journal. For more information, please contact Director of Journals Jon Mallett, PhD.


At minimum, the ideal candidate needs to be an ARVO member, served on the Editorial Board of the journal of application and have at least three years of experience.

Selection process

The ARVO EIC Nominating Committee will present a slate of candidates to the ARVO Board of Trustees in October 2020, with the online election following in spring 2021. The Editors-in-Chief will begin a transition in June 2021, with the official term of office Jan. 1, 2023 through Dec. 31, 2027.

How to apply

E-mail a letter of interest and a current CV by the nomination deadline to Senior Manager, Executive & Committee Operation Stephen Willie.

About the Editor-in-Chief position

The current EICs are Donald Hood, PhD, (IOVS); Andrew Watson, PhD, (JOV); and Marco Zarbin, MD, PhD, FARVO (TVST).

ARVO’s EICs are elected by the ARVO voting membership every five years. As defined in ARVO’s bylaws, section 7, article 13, the EICs “…shall be responsible for the publication of ARVO's journals, Investigative Ophthalmology & Visual Science (IOVS), Journal of Vision (JOV), and Translational Vision Science & Technology (TVST) in accordance with policies and budgets adopted by the Board of Trustees; shall appoint editorial associates as required to assist in the selection of suitable articles for the journal; and shall present an annual report to the Board of Trustees and membership.”

Summary of position

The Editor-in-Chief is responsible for peer-review of all articles submitted to the ARVO journal for which he/she is elected to serve. The Editor-in-Chief selects the Editorial Board who will assist with peer review. The Editor-in-Chief may develop editorial policies that assure the integrity and quality of content and which may be reviewed and approved by the Publications Committee and/or Board of Trustees, in whole or in part. The Editor-in-Chief is the sole entity responsible for final decisions on acceptance or rejection of submitted articles.

Duties and responsibilities


  • Submits written report to Board of Trustees at least annually on state-of-the-journal and long-range plans for improvement and attends Board Meetings only on invitation
  • Submits written report to Publications Committee at least annually on state-of-the-journal and long-range plans for improvement and attends Committee meetings only by invitation
  • Develops editorial policies to assure integrity and quality of journal content, which may require approval by Publications Committee and/or Board of Trustees
  • Manages ethical and other issues that may arise, in consultation with staff and in line with ARVO policies
  • Works within the journal’s approved budget, consulting with staff prior to making decisions with budgetary impact
  • Develops long-range plans to maintain, or improve, the reputation of the journal as premier publications in visual science and ophthalmology

Peer review

  • Generally manages the peer review of submitted articles using the electronic submission supported by ARVO
  • Responsible for final disposition of submitted articles to authors
  • Assigns Editorial Board members to assist with assignment of reviewers and who will provide recommendations on disposition of articles, which under usual circumstances will be followed
  • Acts as final arbiter if conflicts between Editorial Board members and reviewers occur; decision should be made only after full review of the scientific basis of the conflict, and, if necessary, after appropriate consultation
  • Monitors and assesses Editorial Board members in terms of performance and maintenance of highest standards of fairness and scientific rigor and may request removal of Member from Board at any time based on these criteria
  • Oversees performance of Editorial Board and reviewers to ensure timeliness of decision making
  • Establishes and adheres to procedures for review of authors’ dispute of final decisions.
  • Acts in Board Member capacity to assign reviewers for articles in his/her areas of expertise if he/she chooses to do so
  • Makes every effort to ensure articles published are representative across the editorial scope, while maintaining standards of quality
  • Develops peer-review workflow with headquarters staff who are responsible for implementation within the electronic submission system

 Please email any questions to ARVO Senior Manager, Executive & Committee Operations Stephen Willie.