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Editor-in-Chief for the British Journal of Dermatology

Applications for the next Editor-in-Chief for the British Journal of Dermatology

Applications are invited for the position of Editor-in-chief to lead the editorial team of the British Journal of Dermatology (BJD), one of the world’s leading dermatology journals. The BJD is an official organ of the British Association of Dermatologists but attracts contributions from many countries throughout the world; the readership of the BJD is equally international. The overriding criteria for publication of original articles are scientific merit, clinical relevance and originality. The original article categories within the journal are: Clinical trials; Epidemiology; Qualitative and Outcomes Research; Translational Research; General dermatology; Medical dermatology; Surgical dermatology; Paediatric dermatology. Additionally, each issue of the journal includes the following: Editor’s Choice; Editorials; Commentaries; Meeting reports; Reviews; Guidelines; Case reports; Research Letters; Letters to the Editor; Obituaries; Plain language summaries and News items.

The Editor-in-chief will oversee the content for publication in the journal and work closely with his/her fellow Editors, the Editorial Board and the publisher to maximize the journal’s visibility, scientific standing and quality. Importantly, the journal must be relevant to the clinical practice of dermatologists throughout the world. The successful candidate will be an outstanding individual with a well-recognised track record of scientific publications relevant to the field. Previous experience in editing the peer-reviewed literature is essential. The Editor-in-Chief leads a distinguished international Board and the successful candidate will have an extensive international network of contacts in this area, so that the profile of the Journal can continue to develop.

The four main functions within Editor’s role are: Manuscript Management; Editorial content of BJD; Editorial Team Management, and Strategic Management. The new Editor will assume editorial control and strategic direction for the Journal in consultation with the Publisher, the Senior Editorial Team, the Editorial Board Advisory Committee and the Editorial Board. The Senior Editorial Team includes the following ten members: Editor-in-Chief; Deputy-Editor; Section editors for Epidemiology; Translational Research; Clinical Trials; Qualitative and Outcomes Research; Correspondence and Case Reports; Obituaries and Book Reviews; Statistics; and Evidence Based Dermatology.

The ideal person must be able to demonstrate the following:

·         Significant research experience (including MD or PhD) and a good track record of academic publications

·         Broad knowledge of health policy and services, and citizen and service user involvement

·         Excellent written and verbal communication

·         Ability to work to tight deadlines

·         Sound scientificjudgement

·         Leadership qualities

·         Commercial awareness (marketing and advertising)

·         Reliable and regular email contact and ability to work online

·         Negotiating and arbitration skills

·         Absence of conflicts of interest

Term of Office

·         The term of office is three years, commencing 1st July 2019.

·         There is a salary package of £71,000 per annum, paid as an honorarium, for the post

·         Before taking on the role of Editor the successful candidate will also serve for one year as Editor-Elect with an honorarium of £9,000 per                       annum. July 2018 to June 2019 

·        There is in-house editorial administrative support.

·         There is no restriction on where the Editor is based geographically within the UK and Eire.

·         Previous Editors may apply for a second term with a maximum of two terms in total.

Personal Profile

·         Member of the BAD resident in the UK or Republic of Ireland and an established dermatologist with an excellent publication record in dermatology 

·         Previous experience in a journal editorial team, with strong critical analysis and appraisal skills, and a good understanding of peer review and publication ethics and the changes in the environment of scientific publishing

·         Demonstrate the ability to lead and run an international editorial team

·         Keen to innovate and continuously improve the quality of the BJD

·         Effective in publicising and promoting the BJD

Application Process

Applicants should send a brief, focused CV. In a separate covering letter, applicants should describe their impression of the current strengths and weaknesses of the BJD, internationally and within Europe. Finally, applicants should outline their vision for the Journal and how they would like to see it develop in the future.

Closing date:        28 February 2018

Marilyn Benham

Chief Executive Officer

British Association of Dermatologists

Willan House

4 Fitzroy Square

London W1T 5HQ

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