Friday, September 28, 2007

Wanted: Brilliant Editor, Open Access Afficionado, Biology Background

I got this by email and figured I would post it here.

Senior Scientific Editor, PLoS Biology – based in San Francisco

The Public Library of Science (PLoS) seeks an experienced editor and manager to lead its flagship life science journal – PLoS Biology – in San Francisco. Since its launch in 2003, PLoS Biology has rapidly become established as both a high impact journal and a leader in the open-access publishing movement. This is a unique opportunity to develop a ground-breaking journal, and to shape a fundamental transition in scientific publishing.

The primary responsibilities of the job will be:

· Oversight of all editorial aspects of the journal, including peer review of research articles and commissioning of additional content. This includes fostering a collaborative decision-making process among in-house editors and the editorial board

· Management of the journal editorial staff

· Working with the PLoS leadership and the journal team to determine journal strategy within the context of our publishing portfolio and open-access goals

· Leading the further development of the journal specifically as we introduce web features that will allow greater user participation

· Attending scientific conferences and outreach to the scientific community, representing PLoS Biology and the broader aims of open access

Required experience and qualities:

· Extensive experience handling peer review of primary research

· Substantial management experience, and excellent communication skills

· Broad knowledge of the biological sciences, with a network of contacts in the scientific community

· Knowledge of and interest in the changing nature of scientific publishing, particularly in an online environment

· Strong commitment to open-access publishing

· Willingness to be flexible to accommodate time differences between our international offices

Application Procedure

PLoS offers competitive salaries, a creative and casual work environment as well as a full range of comprehensive benefits, including medical; dental and vision; life, LTD and STD coverage and a matching 401k program. If interested, please send resume and cover letter to and use “Managing Editor, PLoS Biology” as the subject of your email. Informal enquiries may be made by email to the Director of Publishing, Mark Patterson - Principals only – email from recruiters will be ignored.

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