Reston, Va — After 22 years as editor‐in‐chief of the Journal of the American Academy of Audiology (JAAA), James Jerger, PhD, will retire from his post on December 31, 2011.

The American Academy of Audiology president, Patti Kricos, offered her thanks on behalf of the membership in a press statement, saying, “It is difficult to overstate the debt of gratitude owed to Dr Jerger for his commitment to research, to the organization, and to the profession as demonstrated by his 22 years of distinguished service at the helm of JAAA.”

Shortly after founding the Academy itself in 1988, Jerger and fellow founding member Brad Stach, PhD, appealed to the board of directors for the publication of a scholarly journal.

The Academy’s press release commends Jerger for giving tirelessly of his time and reports that over the past two decades, the journal has tripled in published pages, moved to online submission and publication, gained subscribers in 20 countries on six continents, garnered inclusion in nine databases and the Journal Citation Reports, and saw its greatest number of submissions in 2010—all of which was accomplished under Jerger’s leadership.

The Academy is now searching for a new editor‐in‐chief, who will begin on January 1, 2012.

SOURCE: Journal of the American Academy of Audiology