Editor-in Chief, Open Access Methods journal

  • London  
  • Company
    RELX Group  
    Start date
  • Closing date
    21 July 2020  
    Posted on
    21 May 2020  

As the Editor-in-Chief of this new, Open Access, research journal focused on research methods, you assume overall responsibility for setting the journal’s scientific scope at launch and determining its editorial direction after launch.  You will build and lead an editorial team at the journal.  You will also be responsible for ensuring the quality and quantity of the research articles published in the journal. 

You will be expected to travel to attend conferences, seminars, and scientific meetings and to build a broad network of domestic and international contacts.  The Editor-in-Chief will also need to develop and foster partnerships with other editorial teams at Cell Press, as well as members of the production, marketing, press and advertising teams, and to contribute to the overall publishing strategy of Cell Press, particularly the Open Access strategy.

This is an exciting opportunity to launch, shape and lead an Open Access journal that supports methods development and research reproducibility and will part of the vibrant and growing Cell Press journal portfolio. 

The position is based in Cambridge, MA, where the Cell Press offices are located, and will report to a Publishing Director or Executive Editor at Cell Press.  We are also open to applications from candidates who would be based in our UK (Oxford, London), Netherlands (Amsterdam), or China (Shanghai, Beijing) offices. 

Your responsibilities will include:

  • developing the overall scope and editorial direction of the new journal.
  • hiring and managing a team of scientific editors.
  • building the editorial board.
  • working with marketing to define the value proposition and brand identity.
  • managing day-to-day operations at the new journal.
  • recruiting exciting artciles within the scope and remit of the journal.
  • collaborating on defining production workflows, marketing, social media and website after launch.

The qualified candidate is expected to have:

  • a Ph.D. and/or MD in any area of science covered by Cell Press.
  • 5+ years of editorial experience.
  • specific expertise in Open Access publishing would be a plus.
  • broad interest in research methods and reproducibility.
  • project and/or people management skills.
  • strong organizational skills.
  • strong written and oral communication skills.
  • interest in engaging with the scientific community.
  • previous management experience is beneficial but not required.

We welcome you to a truly global, dynamic and challenging environment offering great opportunities to develop yourself. Our benefits package includes:

  • Competitive salary commensurate with experience.
  • Excellent medical, dental and 401K benefits.
  • Opportunity to advance within the organization among many divisions (worldwide).

An assessment or business case could be part of our selection procedure. A pre-employment screening will be part of our recruitment procedure.

Cell Press publishes over 50 scientific journals across the life, physical, earth, and health sciences, both independently and in partnership with scientific societies. Our story began in 1974 with the journal Cell and a commitment to publishing exciting biology. Today, we are bringing our editorial excellence, commitment to innovation, unparalleled reach and visibility, and passion for advocacy to all areas of scientific exploration as we work to publish and share science that inspires.

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