Reports to: Director, Scientific Editorial
Salary Range: CAD 80,000 - 100,000
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.
Come help us make a real difference in open science.
JMIR Publications is seeking a full-time Scientific Editor to join our editorial team. We are interested in applicants with expertise in the field of digital health research / medical informatics and will consider candidates with expertise in public health, health services research, machine learning and artificial intelligence applications in adjacent fields more broadly.
This is an exciting opportunity to join a growing editorial team as it supports a world-class community of editors-in-chief, editorial board members, reviewers, and authors.
Primary Duties and Responsibilities
Reporting to the Scientific Editorial Director, Dr. Tiffany Leung and working closely with the Founding Publisher, Dr. Gunther Eysenbach as well as the editorial team, the Scientific Editor will help shape, lead, and execute scientific activities supporting editorial strategy, publication quality, and research integrity.
Key responsibilities include:
Assess submitted research papers and make recommendations with respect to our journal transfer policies and practices, section assignments, and other key judgments regarding quality and potential impact, collaborating with our editorial director, editors-in-chief, journal section editors, and editorial team members
Support or make rapid and efficient editorial decisions related to papers submitted to JMIR Publications journals
Oversee aspects of the peer review process, particularly issues relating to standards, quality, and consistency and in support of more innovative peer-review processes
Establishing relationships with researchers through outreach to the scientific community
Recruit top-quality content for publication across the portfolio of JMIR Publications journals
Assist in recruiting section editors, theme issue editors, editorial board members, and peer reviewers across a range of related subject areas
Work collaboratively with academic editorial board members and editors
From time to time, write or edit collaborative editorials, or content in support of knowledge translation, our blog, and various social media outlets.
Support the editorial team in maintaining the highest standards of publication ethics, according to the guidelines of the Committee on Publication Ethics (COPE)
Champion ways to improve the diversity of authors and editorial contributors and to foster a more equitable and inclusive editorial process
Support the Founding Publisher and Scientific Editorial Director in identifying and developing opportunities to strengthen the portfolio in line with JMIR Publications strategy, ensuring best-in-class representation and inclusive and equitable participation of communities of interest, including editors, editorial board members, and peer review communities
Represent JMIR Publications at industry, scientific and academic events, and with external stakeholders and policy makers.
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 biomedical 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
Editorial experience in reviewing manuscripts for quality, methodological accuracy, relevance, contribution, and potential impact
Experience communicating with authors, reviewers, and editors
Proven publication record (peer-reviewed papers as first 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
Problem Solving /Critical Thinking - Uses rigor, fact-based data & logic to solve difficult problems. Able to quickly grasp the quality and importance of scholarly manuscripts in the field of digital health
Clear communicator, written and oral with all stakeholders; the external scientific and scholarly industry, authors and internal staff.
Energetic and innovative leader, passionate 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 and Integrity - Transparent in their approach and is trusted widely by others. Is seen as open, truthful and direct. Operates with respect, transparency, committed to maintaining a high level of integrity
Science standard-bearer who can support all facets of evaluating and disseminating high-quality research from leading authors in the field
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, your vision for the JMIR Publications journals 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.