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BAD Open Access Journal Editor-in-Chief

We are very excited to be planning the launch of a new open access (OA) journal to meet one of BAD’s charitable objectives, i.e. to stimulate and promote medical and scientific research, and to publish the results of such research. This new OA journal will be part of BAD’s well-established portfolio of journals: BJD and CED.

This new online only OA journal will have a broad multidisciplinary scope on all aspects of the skin, based on sound science and robust methodology. It will need to demonstrate research impact and public engagement through the research that we publish. The scope is yet to be finalised, and the new Editor-in-Chief will play a vital role in developing the scope with support from the BAD, the Editorial Board Advisory Committee (EBAC), BAD’s publishing team as well as BAD’s publisher, Wiley.

We are looking for a dynamic and outstanding individual with a good record of scientific publications relevant to the field, who has the vision and tenacity to take this forward. Previous journal publishing experience would be desirable. They would be an advocate and an ambassador for OA publishing and Open Science, as well as foster this ideology within the editorial team.

The Editor-in-chief will oversee the content for publication in the journal and work closely with Editors-in-Chief of BJD and CED. They will work with the Editorial Board, BAD’s Head of Publishing and the publisher to maximize the journal’s visibility, scientific standing and quality. They will be well supported by BAD’s in-house publishing team both in terms of day-to-day operations as well as support in developing and delivering journal strategy.

The duties of the Editor-in-Chief will include:

  • Involvement with the marketing of the new journal launch
  • Being an ambassador for the new journal in encouraging new submissions
  • Setting out the vision and scope of the journal in collaboration with the BAD Officers and EBAC
  • Selecting an international editorial board, which will assist in the reviewing of submitted manuscripts
  • Commissioning good quality review articles
  • Encouraging new submissions
  • Working with BAD’s in-house publishing staff to set up the journal procedures and policies
  • Ensuring that the journal follows best practice
  • Chairing at least one editorial board meeting per year

The ideal person must be able to demonstrate the following:

  • Significant research experience (including MD or PhD) with a good track record of academic publications
  • Innovative and willing to explore different and new approaches
  • Strategic thinker
  • Excellent written and verbal communication
  • Ability to work to tight deadlines
  • Strong leadership qualities
  • Collaborative
  • Reliable with regular email contact and ability to work online
  • Absence of conflicts of interest with industry or any other journals
  • Be willing to travel to main dermatology conferences to raise the profile of the journal

Term of Office

  • The term of office is three years, commencing January 2020
  • There is an honorarium of £10,000 per annum
  • support from the in-house editorial team
  • No restriction on where the Editor is based geographically, (if not currently a BAD member the post holder will need to join BAD)

Personal Profile

  • Dermatologist or allied health professional experienced in skin disease with an excellent publication record in dermatology
  • strong critical analysis and appraisal skills and ideally previous experience in a journal editorial team
  • A good understanding of peer review and publication ethics and changes in the environment of scientific publishing
  • Demonstrate the ability to lead and run an international editorial team
  • Good understanding of open access
  • Effective in publicising and promoting the newOA journal including through social media

Application Process

For any informal enquiries, please email

To apply, applicants should send a brief, focused CV. In a separate cover letter, applicants should outline their vision for the journal and how they envisage its development over the first 3 years from launch, including plans to ensure the journal develops especially in the context of open access publishing and open science.

Closing date: 31 December 2019

Interviews will be on: 9 January 2020


Shehnaz Ahmed

Head of Publishing, BAD

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