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Managing Editor

Royal Society of Tropical Medicine & Hygiene (RSTMH)

Location: London
Salary: £36,000 to £38,000 depending on experience
Hours: Full Time
Contract Type: Permanent
Placed On: 16th November 2021
Closes: 15th December 2021

Reports to: Chief Executive, RSTMH
Salary: £36k – 38k, depending on experience
Job type: Full time, Permanent, office based 

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. 

Role summary

  • 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
  • Publishing Partner
  • Publisher
  • Marketing Manager
  • Production Editor
  • Typesetters
  • Others, including for technical support, supplements and membership discussions 

Key tasks

  • Journal development
  • Journal management
  • Business development of journals
  • Supplier Management 

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 i.e budget management & project management
  • 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 

Please complete the online form by 15 December 2021

Link: https://rstmh.submittable.com/submit/ccfec06d-427f-459b-bf48-0da1874c3500/rstmh-managing-editor-application-form-2021

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