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Chief Editor, BMC Medicine at Springer Nature

Posted in Writing/Editing 30+ days ago.

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Type: Full-Time
Location: New York, New York

Job Description:

BioMed Central is the leading open access publisher of STM (Science, Technology and Medicine) research. Since it was founded in 2000, BioMed Central has successfully pioneered the open access publishing model and brought open access to the mainstream.  With offices in London, North America and Asia, the company employs over 290 people across a range of operations including editorial, production, IT and business. BioMed Central is a vibrant and innovative company. It operates in a fast-paced and high-energy environment, hiring talented people who are passionate about science, technology, medicine and open access.



BioMed Central (BMC), a part of Springer Nature, is a large portfolio of peer-reviewed open access journals for Science, Technology and Medicine. The journals span all areas of biology, medicine and health, including broad interest titles such as BMC Biology and BMC Medicine alongside specialist journals, such as Malaria Journal and BMC Infectious Diseases.


With an ethos of transparency and accessibility, BMC Medicine is an open access, open peer-reviewed general medical journal publishing influential research in all areas of clinical practice, translational medicine, public health, policy, and general topics of interest to the biomedical research community. As the flagship medical journal of the BMC series, the journal also publishes stimulating debates and reviews.


BMC Medicine is ranked 8th among journals in the Medicine, Internal and General category of the JCI.


Job Duties


The role of Chief Editor, BMC Medicine, provides a wonderful opportunity to take this flagship title on to the next level, with an aim to be a leading high-impact, open access home for research in general medicine. The journal publishes high quality original research describing important translational, clinical and policy-related advances. The journal also publishes debates and opinion pieces  to challenge current thinking in clinical knowledge and practice.


The position is a full-time role that will be based in either our office in London or New York.


As Chief Editor, you will be the ambassador for the journal and BioMed Central through your active engagement with the community globally. You will be responsible for peer review and selection of content for publication, for steering the journal’s strategy, and for leadership of the in-house editorial team and external editorial board.


Specific responsibilities include:


  • Proactively engage with the scientific community as an ambassador for the journal and the company, advocating for the journal and company at academic institutions and conferences, and through social media and other communication channels.

  • Lead the in-house team of manuscript handling editors, ensuring that they achieve the right balance of time between efficient service to authors and outreach in the community, including lab visits and conference attendance, to attract the best authors and high-quality content.

  • Have overall responsibility for all aspects of manuscript selection, including peer review, commissioning, and creating editorial material, with final say on decisions to accept or reject material and accountability for published content.

  • Foster excellent service to authors, including courteous, constructive decisions and an efficient peer review process.

  • Implement policies that assure the integrity of the scientific record.

  • Use your knowledge of the subject and your personal network to understand developments in medicine in order to identify editorial opportunities and inform journal strategy.

  • Work with the Publisher to drive the strategy for BMC Medicine in an evolving research and publishing landscape, to attract top-quality authors and content, and to develop the journal’s reputation as an outstanding forum in the field.

  • Work with other departments and in-house systems and processes to ensure that the journal is published and promoted efficiently and effectively.

  • Agree with the Publisher editorial targets, team cost budgets, and other KPIs, and ensure that they are met or improved on.

  • Other duties as required by manager.

Job Requirements


  • PhD, MD or equivalent qualification in a relevant discipline.

  • Broad scientific/medical interests and knowledge.

  • Experience in peer review and decision-making and journal development.

  • Excellent communication and interpersonal skills.

  • Experience in management, supervision or mentorship of junior team members.

  • Strong organizational and time-management skills.

  • Willing to travel internationally.

  • Willing to speak at international conferences or BioMed Central led events.

  • Excellent level of knowledge of current challenges and opportunities in scientific publishing


BioMed Central is part of Springer Nature, a leading global research, educational and professional publisher, home to an array of respected and trusted brands providing quality content through a range of innovative products and services. Springer Nature is the world’s largest academic book publisher, publisher of the world’s highest impact journals and a pioneer in the field of open research. The company numbers almost 14,000 staff in over 50 countries and has a turnover of approximately EUR 1.5 billion. Springer Nature was formed in 2015 through the merger of Nature Publishing Group, Palgrave Macmillan, Macmillan Education and Springer Science+Business Media