Senior Editor, Cancer Discovery

Posted On: May 21, 2014

Journalism Job

Media Organization: American Association for Cancer Research

Company Description

The American Association for Cancer Research (AACR), with more than 34,000 members, is the oldest and largest organization in the world focused on every aspect of high-quality, innovative cancer research. The programs and services of AACR foster the exchange of knowledge and new ideas among scientists and physicians dedicated to advances against cancer. AACR publishes 8 peer-reviewed scientific journals and a magazine for cancer patients and their loved ones; convenes topical scientific conferences and an annual meeting that draws more than 18,000 participants; offers educational workshops, fellowships, and research grants; raises public awareness of the progress in and cause for hope in cancer research; engages actively in advocacy for increased federal research funding; and works to overcome the challenges in regulatory science and policy.

As part of its ongoing commitment to provide comprehensive information to the scientific community, AACR publishes an important journal, Cancer Discovery, which received its first Impact Factor of 10.143 in 2013. Cancer Discovery ranks 9th of 197 journals in the Oncology category (Journal Citation Reports). This high-impact publication presents peer-reviewed, original articles describing major advances in basic, translational, and clinical research, including clinical trials. Cancer Discovery is an essential information resource that also publishes news, review articles, perspectives and commentaries, and Research Watch summaries of important journal articles.

Job Description

Job Category: Management/Exempt

Division: Publishing Division

Reports To: Executive Editor, Cancer Discovery, AACR Publishing Division

Location: Philadelphia or Boston

Position Summary:

The Senior Editor, Cancer Discovery, will be a seasoned publishing professional who will work within an established editorial team to handle manuscript submissions through the review process. This person will also commission Reviews and other content, and will write and edit for the journal. As a key member of the publications group, the Senior Editor, Cancer Discovery will have a highly visible role both within the Association and in the larger cancer research community.

Major Duties and Responsibilities:

•Works with the Editors-in-Chief and an in-house editorial team to communicate the editorial vision of the journal to the scientific community, including its scope, types of features, and balance of topics.
•Collaborates with the Editors-in-Chief and in-house editorial team to identify and attract high-quality original research, reviews, and special feature content in the broad field of oncology.
•Networks and maintains relationships with key scientists and physicians to acquire content and stay abreast of advances in cancer research.
•Manages the peer-review process and ensures quality and timely handling of submissions.
•Collaborates with the staff of the seven “sibling” AACR journals to ensure good communication and promotion of synergistic opportunities.
•Provides editorial direction for market research and promotional activities, including highlighting the importance of articles to AACR’s Communications Department to publicize those that are media worthy.
•Communicates with authors, editors, reviewers, and readers regarding all aspects of the journal.
•Monitors, evaluates, and reports on the activities of competing information products.
•Maintains AACR editorial guidelines and policies and works with the in-house editorial team to promote ethical publishing practices.

Education and Training:

•PhD in the biomedical or life sciences with strong background in the cancer field or MD with oncology background.
•Experience in translational cancer research and/or science-based clinical trials.
•5-10 years experience in scientific or medical journals publishing.

To Apply

Please submit your cover letter and resume (including salary history) to:

Human Resources
P.O. Box 40138
Philadelphia, PA 19106

Equal Opportunity Employer