International Society for Traumatic Stress Studies

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StressPoints Editor

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Responsibilities:  The ISTSS Traumatic StressPoints editor is expected to take responsibility for the content of the Traumatic Stress Points, the ISTSS online newsletter.
As a member of ISTSS, the term of the editor will be three years unless otherwise arranged with the president.  When possible, the 4-6 months year of an editor’s term will overlap with the incoming editor’s first year in order to provide continuity.  The editor is an ex-officio member of the ISTSS Board of Directors and will receive an annual honorarium.

Composition & Designated Chair or Members:  The editor is appointed by the president for three years.  Ideally, the first 4-6 months will overlap with current editor for ease in transition.  The editor of Traumatic StressPoints will be an ISTSS member.

Editorial Board 
Duties and Expectations

  • Members of the editorial board (individually referred to as contributing editors) are expected to submit a minimum of two articles for publication per year. These articles may be written by the contributing editor or may be solicited from members of the ISTSS.
  • Members are to be available for consultation as needed by the editor. The ISTSS president will provide a “president’s message” featured in each issue.
  • Traumatic StressPoints is committed to increasing involvement by student members and representing their particular needs. There will always be one student editor. This individual will be a student (preferably graduate level) who is a member of the ISTSS. This individual will be responsible for soliciting articles from student members and, if he or she chooses, writing articles of particular relevance to student members of the ISTSS.
  • Members are expected to attend the annual meeting of the ISTSS and the Traumatic StressPoints Editorial Board meeting held there each year.

Appointment and Terms

  • Contributing editors are appointed by invitation by the StressPoints editor.
  • Contributing editors serve for three years unless arranged otherwise with the Editor.
  • Contributing editors may be offered to renew for another three-year term at the discretion of the editor.


  • Effort should be made to stagger the terms of contributing editors to have a mixture of new and more experienced editors. In addition, effort should be made to have a mixture of specialty areas and interests reflective of the general membership of the ISTSS. Finally, in order to reflect the commitment of the ISTSS as an international organization, efforts should be made to have international representation on the editorial board.

Authority (including limitations): The editor has the authority to review content for placement in the newsletter with funds at his/her disposal within the budget.  The current editor does not have the authority to appoint the replacement editor of Traumatic StressPoints.

Society Policies Impacting Function:  Advertising
Advertisement in StressPoints is limited to job postings.
No products will be advertised in StressPoints.

Interactions with other committees:  N/A

Products:  Traumatic StressPoints, the newsletter for the International Society for Traumatic Stress Studies, is primarily a vehicle for news and information relevant to the ISTSS and its members. Traumatic StressPoints will be published regularly. A publication schedule will be produced each year and presented at the annual meeting.

Staff resources available (from Sherwood scope of work):

  • Prepare yearly editorial schedule in consultation with newsletter editor
  • Notify editor of important association news to be reported in newsletter
  • Write association news articles and edit submitted articles
  • Coordinate layout, production and distribution of newsletter
  • Post newsletter on line

Financial and other resources available:  ISTSS provides a modest stipend for the editor, plus an annual production budget.


  • Solicited Articles Editorial Process:  Articles are solicited by a contributing editor and should go to the contributing editor for a first review to assess a) the appropriateness for Traumatic StressPoints and the ISTSS, and b) the overall quality of the work.  The article then goes to the editor for review of content. Once accepted by the editor, the article may then be sent back to the author for rewrite with suggestions if needed.  It is the author’s responsibility to rewrite and resubmit to the editor.  Final content edits are at the discretion of the editor.  If a serious disagreement arises regarding content, the author may withdraw the article if needed.
  • Content:  Content should reflect the interests and needs of the membership of the ISTSS. Articles are typically 500-800 words in length, although in some circumstances the editor may allow longer submissions of particular merit or pertinence to the society.  An effort should be made to reflect the international nature of the society in both content and authorship. Book reviews are published at the discretion of the editor.  Non-print, for-profit products generally are not reviewed for StressPoints.
    Empirical studies better suited for a peer-review format are not published in StressPoints.  Exceptions may include surveys conducted of ISTSS members and directly related to the functioning or well-being of the ISTSS or its members. Unsolicited articles are generally sent directly to the editor. If the article is appropriate for publication in StressPoints then the process for a solicited article is followed from step 2. If specific content consultation or expertise is required to evaluate the merit or appropriateness of the article, it may be sent for consultation to a contributing editor with specific expertise or experience.
  • Editor Duties:
    The editor is primarily responsible for editing content for accuracy, relevance to the society, and appropriateness.
    The editor will solicit articles as appropriate that may be particularly timely or relevant to the membership.
    The editor will seek consultation as needed from members of the editorial board.
    The editor will attend the board of directors meeting at the annual conference.
    The editor will work in collaboration with the managing editor.
  • Managing Editor Duties:
    The managing editor is a member of the staff of the Sherwood Group and is responsible primarily for copyediting, layout, and production of Traumatic StressPoints.
    The managing editor will prepare the annual publication schedule to be presented at the editorial board meeting at the ISTSS annual conference.
    The editor will assist in copyediting and other duties as needed by the managing editor and as feasible.


Jonathan Purtle - Editor
Drexel Univ