Nature Research is a flagship portfolio of journals, products and services including Nature and the Nature-branded journals, dedicated to serving the scientific community.
The Editor in Chief, Nature / Chief Editorial Adviser, Nature Research (EiC) is responsible for upholding and championing the high editorial standards of Nature and the Nature Research group of journals and services. S/he serves as the public face and voice of Nature by directing editorials in the flagship journal as well as by representing the group to key external constituencies such as authors, government institutions, academic institutions and funders at external events as well as on and off our digital platforms. Working closely with the senior editorial & publishing management team, the EiC sets the quality standards for Nature Research journals and services, and serves as the group’s highest editorial authority. S/he has the final word on editorial policy as well as Nature branding. The EiC plays a key role in advising Nature Research management on the development of its editorial and publishing vision.
Key tasks as Editor in Chief, Nature:
1. Play a key role in the strategic development of high-impact, thought-leadership content. Exercise direct control over the editorials in Nature, signing off on each to certify they represent the flagship journal. In addition to directing house editorials, write signed editorials for Nature Briefing and the website. Advise Nature’s Chief Biology, Chief Physical Sciences and Chief Magazine editors on journal content strategy. Ensure that the front and back halves of Nature are coordinated in editorial strategy, so that the core scientist readers enjoy a seamlessly joined up user experience. Adjudicate any content-strategy conflicts that may arise between them. Suggest key/timely topics of interest for special reports, such as those derived from community discussions and from Nature Research initiatives such as the grand societal challenges. Exercise right of consultation over key Nature editorial appointments: the Chief Magazine Editor, Chief Biology Editor and the Chief Physical Sciences Editor.
2. Act as the voice of Nature externally. Represent the journal to key external constituencies across the scientific community, including funders, governmental bodies, academic institutions and researchers; give talks at conferences and other events; write op eds on external media or other platforms that represent the views of Nature; act as spokesperson for media interviews as needed. Cultivate a strong daily personal social-media presence on Twitter, Facebook, etc., as the personification of the voice of Nature.
Key tasks as Chief Editorial Adviser:
3. Uphold and champion the highest editorial quality standards for the Nature Research family of journals and services. Hold accountability for the long-term quality and integrity of Nature Research products. To protect the reputation and quality of the brands, work with the Editorial & Publishing Director, Journals, and Editorial & Publishing Director, Magazines, to ensure that the Nature mission continues to guide the evolution of existing Nature-branded products and services as well as the development of new Nature Research journals products and services. Work closely with E&P management to confirm that all Nature journals and services effectively meet the needs of the communities they serve. Review the products and services to guarantee they maintain brand standards for quality. Exercise right of consultation on major editorial decisions with the potential to impact the quality and reputation of the Nature journals.
4. Set and uphold the editorial policies of Nature Research family of journals and services. To ensure that the highest ethical and quality standards are upheld across the group, make final decisions on all proposed changes of current policies. Ensure that independent editorial content is appropriately insulated from commercial influences while working with publishing and commercial departments within the company to enable the Nature Research products to remain on a sustainable financial footing.
5. Serve as the final authority on the Nature and Nature Research brands. Actively participate in all discussions around branding and provide final sign-off for all branding decisions. Working closely together with the Managing Director, NRG E&P Directors and the Director of Brand, NRG, determine which journals and other products may be included in the Nature Research portfolio as well as their appropriate positioning. With E&P Management, maintain Nature Research membership criteria and regularly review performance of portfolio products to verify that continued membership is justified.
6. Act as the voice of Nature Research externally. Represent the group to key external constituencies across the scientific community, including funders, governmental bodies, academic institutions and authors. Meet regularly with key external stakeholders to understand their needs and to ensure that Nature Research products fulfil them. Advise staff across Nature Research about key community insights, to support a joined-up and high-impact external profile for the Nature-branded journals and Nature Research as a whole. Publicly advocate Nature Research positions through activities including: writing op eds for other media outlets, speaking at events; cultivating a strong social-media presence on platforms such as Twitter and Facebook; and acting as spokesperson for media interviews about issues of importance to Nature Research and to the communities we serve. Work with the Editor in Chief of Springer Nature on external representation for company-wide editorial activities, such as advocating for Grand Challenges.
Need to know
- Science-based higher degree and research experience
- Extensive professional experience in science
- Established contacts in key academic, governmental or funder institutions
- Enthusiasm and passion for excellence in science
- Credibility and respect from peers, including international scientific community
- Excellent communication and relationship management skills
- Excellent leadership and team-building qualities
- Thorough understanding of the scientific process and especially as it pertains to STM publishing
- Thorough understanding of the needs of authors and referees as key customers
- Strong analytical skills
- Ability to work effectively with diverse viewpoints and approaches
- Explores and embraces innovative technologies
- Effectively delegates responsibility
- Significant leadership experience in a major editorial publication and/or research management role
- Highly respected for his/her science experience
- Active in research community
- Demonstrable experience of influencing stakeholders at a high level
- Experience in journalism desirable but not a prerequisite
If you are an internal candidate please inform your line manager of your application.