Managing Editor, Royal Society of Tropical Medicine and Hygiene

node lead section

Job title: Managing Editor

Reports to: Chief Executive, RSTMH

Hours of work: Full time

Salary: £33k–35k, depending on experience

Job type: Permanent

Job summary

The Royal Society of Tropical Medicine and Hygiene (RSTMH) is a society of over 1,200 members from 83 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 & Hygiene (Transactions) was launched in 1908, and is published monthly. International Health was launched in 2009, and is published every two months. Both journals are published by Oxford University Press (OUP) and we currently work with an agency to manage the majority of the peer review process.

Both journals 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 editorial boards which oversee and assist with the peer review process. We are currently in the process of finalising a new contract with our publisher OUP. This is a truly exciting time for our journals, with this new contract and other changes we’re making to improve our publishing model.

We’re looking for an experienced Managing Editor who will relish the opportunity to oversee these two journals and help us achieve our ambitious new strategy. RSTMH is a small team, so the candidate needs to be happy to work alone 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.

Please apply by sending a covering letter detailing how your experience matches the job responsibilities and description, and your CV, to amelia.fincham@rstmh.org by 17:00 UK time on 23 August 2019.

Summary of the role

  • Taking ultimate responsibility for the quality and balance of content from the selection and commissioning of articles
  • Developing and overseeing Editorial Boards 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)
  • Editorial Manager technical support representative (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: analyse 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
  • Update and roll 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 (e.g. impact factor, turnaround times) in the journals over a period of time.

Journal management

  • Lead and support 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 other relevant information such as web statistics including article downloads
  • 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, agree 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 the Chief Executive and rest of RSTMH team on all matters concerning promotion of RSTMH journals
  • 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
  • Establish 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 and/or moving journals to an open access model
  • 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

Please apply by sending a covering letter detailing how your experience matches the job responsibilities and description, and your CV, to amelia.fincham@rstmh.org by 17:00 on 23 August 2019.