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Scientific Editor

Type: Full-time

Location: GTA


Scientific Editor

Reports to: Director, Scientific Editorial

Salary Range: CAD 80,000 - 100,000

About Us

JMIR Publications is a rapidly growing open access publisher of peer-reviewed STEM journals, with an emphasis on medicine, health, and technology titles. The ambitious vision of JMIR Publications is to lead the transformation to open science and to contribute to a world where people are empowered by health research and technology to make effective and informed decisions.

Do you thrive on intellectual exchange and leading-edge research? JMIR Publications offers the chance to join a forward-thinking team, shaping the discourse on the latest breakthroughs. As a full-time Scientific Editor, you will leverage your expertise in digital health research / medical informatics (or adjacent fields) to assess cutting-edge research, collaborate with a world-class network of experts, and contribute to shaping the future of healthcare. Adjacent fields may also include public health, health services research, machine learning and artificial intelligence applications. Join us and make a real impact in open science!

Primary Duties and Responsibilities

Reporting to the Scientific Editorial Director and working closely with the Founding Publisher and the editorial team, the Scientific Editor will help shape and carry out scientific activities supporting high-quality publication, research integrity, and author experience.

Key responsibilities include:

  • Leverage scientific expertise to critically evaluate manuscripts for scientific rigor, methodological soundness, and other key judgments regarding quality and potential impact

  • Communicate professionally and effectively with authors and peer reviewers in providing constructive feedback on manuscripts

  • Collaborate with the Editorial Director, Editors-in-Chief, journal editorial boards, and staff on publishing high-quality openly accessible science in a set of JMIR Publications journals

  • Make editorial decisions on manuscripts in an efficient and timely manner

  • Support high-quality and ethical peer review processes

  • Support recruitment and onboarding of new journal editorial board members

  • Maintain the highest standards of publication ethics and scientific integrity 

  • Occasionally write or edit editorials or content in support of knowledge dissemination and translation

Copyediting and scientific/medical writing are not core responsibilities of the position.



PhD, or MD or MD/PhD in the field of medical informatics or digital health, or adjacent fields such as public health, health services research; MSc or Masters in these fields may also be considered when there is applicable experience below.


  • Active or prior scientist or academic clinician with expertise in medical informatics or digital health or adjacent fields such as public health or health services research with a basic understanding of biomedical statistics

  • Expert in at least a subset of research methodologies and evaluative methods involving human subjects research or health services research, including but not limited to quantitative methods (e.g., randomized trials, cohort studies, etc) or qualitative methods

  • Proven publication record (peer-reviewed papers as first or corresponding author), ideally history of publishing with JMIR Publications journals

  • Familiarity with reporting standards and ethical guidelines for publishing as well as awareness of the current new developments and changes in the publishing environment, such as preprints

  • Experience as a high-quality peer reviewer is expected, however, also having editorial experience is a valuable asset


  • Problem Solving /Critical Thinking - Applies rigor, fact-based data, logic, and scientific expertise to solve difficult problems. Able to quickly grasp the quality and importance of scholarly manuscripts in the field of digital health

  • Clear communicator - Uses excellent written and verbal communication with all stakeholders, collaborating with authors, reviewers, editorial teams, and scientific and scholarly industry experts

  • Time Management - Able to manage manuscripts effectively, meeting deadlines and targets while maintaining quality. Concentrates efforts on the more important priorities

  • Teamwork and collaboration - Works effectively with internal and external stakeholders, fostering a positive and supportive environment. Has demonstrated the ability to work with a wide variety of colleagues

  • Innovative thinker - Is knowledgeable about health research and technology, innovation, and health information dissemination, and familiar with current trends in digital health

  • Quality of Work - Detail-oriented, delivering high-quality research quickly and efficiently

  • Passion for the English academic language and clarity of expression

  • Honesty, Integrity, and Ethics - Operates with an approach that is respectful, transparent, trusted widely by others, and is committed to maintaining a high level of integrity; seen as open, truthful, and direct 

  • Science standard-bearer who can support all facets of evaluating and disseminating high-quality research from leading authors in the field

Growth Opportunities: 

  • The full-time Scientific Editor position offers a launchpad for a rewarding career in scientific publishing. We encourage and support professional development. High-performing editors may have opportunities to represent JMIR Publications at industry, scientific and academic events. 


We prefer candidates located in Toronto, Canada, but will welcome candidates from outside of the Greater Toronto Area or outside of Canada. 


Interested candidates should submit the following documents:

1. A current CV and/or resume

2. A cover letter (preferably in a Google doc document) describing why you are a match for this position, as well as a description of any potential conflicts of interest

We wish to thank all those who apply; however, only those individuals whose skills and experience most closely match our requirements will be contacted by a member of our team.

We are committed to a diverse workforce and maintaining a learning and working environment that is welcoming to all.