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Editor-in-Chief, Nature Communications
Nature Communications is the Nature Research flagship Open Access journal and publishes high quality research across the full spectrum of the natural sciences. The journal has flourished since its launch in 2010 attracting in excess of 28 700 submissions and publishing over 4 200 papers last year. Nature Communications pioneered a new model of academic publishing; one that combines Open Access with selectivity and high impact. The top 100 papers published in any given year would rival those in the Nature Research Journals. This success is built on the belief that research important to specific scientific fields should still benefit from the high visibility offered by Nature Research and ensuring our authors have choices and remain in control of their peer review procedure. Nature Communications allows authors to choose between double or single-blind peer review, publishes referee reports and gives authors the ability to easily transfer manuscripts between the Nature journals.
As the global head of our flagship Open Access journal, the newly appointed Editor-in-Chief will ensure that Nature Research leads and innovates in the Open Research arena. This OA advocate will create an editorial strategy for the journal and support an implementation plan to achieve these strategic goals. They will be the ‘face’ of the journal, both within Nature Research and externally, where they will need to be able to speak knowledgeably about its aims, scope and policies.
The Editor-in-Chief will report to the Nature Editorial Director and become part of a senior Executive Editorial team that manages and oversees all of the Nature Journals. As such they will have the opportunity to contribute to discussions that affect all of the Nature titles. They will be responsible for the performance of Nature Communications editorial staff and will work with other parts of the business, including the Publishing Director, Open Research, to forecast journal performance and develop new policies and processes. The Editor-in-Chief has oversight of an international team of just over 80 manuscript-handling editors. Editors belong to one of 15 subject-based teams, each of which is led by a Team Manager. The editorial teams are supported by a Chief Life Science Editor, a Chief Physical Sciences Editor, and a Managing Editor, each of whom reports to the Editor-in-Chief.
The successful candidate will display a clear vision for the future development of Nature Communications, with a particular emphasis on how the journal can meet the needs of its main customer groups. They will need to be able to operate as part of a close-knit team, and to lead the journal through changes in policies, workflows and processes. In return, they will be able to play a part in strengthening and developing one of the most exciting brands in science publishing, and in enhancing job satisfaction for the staff who work on Nature Communications.
The journal’s management team is primarily based in London, which would be the preferred location for this role. However, editors are also currently based in New York and Shanghai. Applications for these offices will also be considered. To apply, please submit your CV and cover letter along with a statement outlining your vision and editorial priorities for the journal if you were to be successful in securing this exciting role.
Deadline for receipt of applications is Monday 4th June 2018
If you are an internal candidate please inform your line manager of your application.