Tim Atkinson, an assistant provost for sponsored programs, was recently selected as the editor-in-chief of The Journal of Research Administration, a publication of the Society of Research Administrators International.

Atkinson will replace longtime editor Dr. Edward Gabriel of the Uniformed Services University of the Health Sciences who is stepping down after seven years at the helm. Atkinson has been an associate editor for the journal for six years as well as an interim chair of the Academic Review Board.

The appointment will give Atkinson a seat at the table with the leadership of the society. The journal is published by the Henry M. Jackson Foundation and is one of only two journals focused on the art, science and scholarship of research administration, a sub-specialty in the field of higher education. It is also the only journal that adheres to a strict four-stage review process. All articles are reviewed by a team of associate editors, an academic review board, a manuscript review committee and final editorial review.

Atkinson says he feels good about his new role.

"I like to mentor other writers on the process using constructive criticism," he said.

The journal is distributed all over the world to about 3,000 subscribers in almost 30 countries.

Atkinson has articles lined up for the May issue that will include authors from the U.S. and Africa. He will lead authors through the editorial process comprised of a cadre of reviewers.