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Job description – Managing Editor

Job title: Managing editor

Reports to: Chief Executive, RSTMH

Hours of work: Full time, office based

Salary: £36k – 40k, depending on experience

Job type: Permanent


Job summary

The Royal Society of Tropical Medicine and Hygiene (RSTMH) is a society of over 1,500 members from more than 90 countries, who work in, or are interested in tropical medicine and global health.

RSTMH publishes two peer-reviewed scientific journals. Transactions of the Royal Society of Tropical Medicine and Hygiene (Transactions) was launched in 1908, is published monthly and is a hybrid journal. International Health was launched in 2009, is published every two months. International Health flipped  to being fully open access in 2020. Both journals are published by Oxford University Press, and we currently work with an external editorial office to support the peer review process. Both titles  have high profile Editors in Chief (EIC) - Professor Sir Brian Greenwood is EIC for Transactions, and Professor David Molyneux for International Health as well as excellent editorial boards of Associate Editors and Editorial Advisers who oversee  the peer review process. Following a restructure 3 years ago the journals have been steadily improving in terms of Impact Factor, submissions and special content. Supported by the Editors in Chief and other partners, an exciting programme of special issues and supplements is in place and also being developed for the future.

We’re looking for an experienced Managing Editor who will relish the opportunity to oversee these two growing journals, and help us achieve our ambitious goals. RSTMH is a small team so the ideal candidate needs to be happy to work independently and also be an effective team player. They should be equally comfortable writing a new strategy for the journals, networking to identify great researchers and professionals, and answering day to day queries from authors or reviewers. The candidate needs to be responsible for the budget for the journals and have excellent project management and relationship building skills.

Summary of the role

· Taking ultimate responsibility for the quality and balance of content from the selection and commissioning of articles, special issues and supplements

· Developing and overseeing Editorial Board networks of the highest calibre and managing/maximising their contributions through effective regular communications

· Maintaining timeliness and a high impact for the journals in the international scientific and global health communities

· Ensuring that the journals are an integral part of RSTMH, reflecting and complementing wider organisational activity and strategy, and working with the publisher to promote RSTMH and its journal content to a wider audience

Key external contacts

Editors in chief

Editorial Board members

Authors and reviewers

External peer review management suppliers

Publisher (publishing partner)

Marketing Manager (publishing partner)

Production Editor (publishing partner)

Typesetters (with publishing partner)

Contact with others including for technical support, supplements and membership discussions (publishing partner)

Key tasks

Journal development

  • Finalise and      implement a detailed 12-month strategic plan and work plan that cascades      from and complements wider RSTMH strategy and goals
  • Work      with the Editors in Chief, and editorial boards to develop, communicate      and implement editorial policy, holding regular conference calls with      individual members
  • Manage      Editorial Board activity; to include annual skills gap analysis, levels of      engagement, quarterly reports, annual meetings. Recruit additional Board      members as appropriate, rotating off those who have either completed their      terms or who do not contribute
  • Regularly      commission reviews, opinion pieces, editorials, special issues and      supplements
  • Work      with Editors in Chief to communicate policy changes and other      author-related developments via editorial pieces
  • Citation      analysis, analysing the reports produced by publishing      partner or internally, and using those to inform commissioning      strategy, calls for papers for the journals and drive Editorial Board      recruitment
  • Updating and      rolling the strategic plan and work plan forward every quarter
  • Work      with Oxford University Press (OUP) to implement the journal development      plan, ensuring milestones and goals are met
  • Demonstrate      consistent improvements (eg. impact factor, turnaround times) in the      journals over a period of time.

Journal management

  • Leading      and supporting the work of our suppliers and OUP editorial team to ensure      efficient journal workflow, ensuring journal issues are produced on time      and with an appropriate balance of content
  • Lead      regular status meetings with our suppliers and Publisher, ensuring action      points are followed up
  • Take responsibility      for monitoring of page budgets and turnaround times
  • Work with the Marketing Manager      (OUP), Publisher (OUP) and Chief Executive to determine journals marketing      strategy, ensuring it complements RSTMH marketing efforts
  • Provide the Chief Executive with monthly reports on      journal workflow and key outcomes and performance of the journals
  • Manage the journal print stock,      ensuring the required number of copies are ordered in for RSTMH events, in      addition to maintaining a rolling stock
  • In collaboration with the Chief Executive, oversee the      journal budget and monitor/report on finances throughout the year

Business development of journals

  • Monitor      and report reception/perception of RSTMH journal content through      networking (e.g. at scientific meetings), organising author and reader      surveys in association with the publisher
  • Collaborate with Chief      Executive and rest of RSTMH team on all matters concerning promotion of      RSTMH journals
  • Lead on the process of sharing information from the      journals with the rest of the society, where relevant
  • Actively      seek out opportunities for, and commission, manuscripts and special      projects to promote and maximise income from the journals and their      content (e.g. online collections, themed issues, themed article series and      supplements)
  • Ensure      that relevant journal content is promoted on the RSTMH website and other      communication channels

Supplier Management

  • Manage the      relationship with our publishing partner, OUP, and our suppliers who are      managing parts of the peer review process, including oversight of the      contractual side of these relationships
  • Establishing      plans to meet, monitor and evaluate the performance of key contacts,      producing quarterly status reports

Person specification

  • Significant      editorial experience on scientific journals
  • Science      background, ideally with PhD in an allied area of medical research
  • Experience of open      access publishing
  • Knowledge      of major publishing trends
  • Experience      in using online submission and peer review management systems
  • Strong      project management skills and numeracy
  • Ability      to network effectively with a range of external scientific and      non-scientific contacts
  • Self      motivated
  • Results      oriented
  • High      level of communication skills: articulate, clear, concise, accurate
  • Ability      to prioritise and manage workload
  • Demonstrated      networking skills: able to form effective new relationships with a wide      range of internal and external contacts
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