Executive Editor, Cancer Research


Job Category: Management/Exempt

Division: Publishing Division

Reports To: Publisher, AACR Publishing Division

Location: Philadelphia or Boston

Organization Profile:

The American Association for Cancer Research (AACR), with more than 37,000 members residing in 108 countries, is the first and largest organization in the world dedicated to advances in all areas of high-quality, innovative cancer research. Its mission is to prevent and cure all cancers. The programs and activities of the AACR foster the exchange of new knowledge among scientists and physicians in the cancer field as well as in related biomedical sciences. AACR publishes eight peer-reviewed scientific journals and an award-winning magazine for cancer patients and their loved ones; convenes topical scientific conferences and an annual meeting that draws more than 19,400 participants; offers educational workshops that train young investigators in a variety of scientific and clinical areas; funds fellowships, career development awards, and research grants for both senior and junior investigators; raises public awareness of the progress in and reasons for hope in the biology, detection, diagnosis, treatment, and prevention of cancer; engages actively in advocacy for increased federal research funding and other national policies that accelerate progress against cancer; and interacts with regulatory agencies to support regulatory science and policy.

As part of its ongoing commitment to provide up-to-date, comprehensive information to the cancer science community, the AACR publishes the journal, Cancer Research, which is celebrating its 75th anniversary this year. Cancer Research is consistently one of the most frequently cited journals in the field. The Journal has a 2015 Impact Factor of 8.556, and ranks 13th of 213 journals in the Oncology category (2015 Journal Citation Reports).

This high-impact Journal publishes original research, reviews, and opinion pieces, with a primary focus on basic and preclinical research. The main scope of the Journal is captured in its subsections, which focus on integrated systems and technology; microenvironment and immunology; molecular and cellular pathobiology; prevention and epidemiology; therapeutics, targets, and chemical biology; and tumor and stem cell biology.

Position Summary:

The Executive Editor, Cancer Research, will be a seasoned publishing professional who will work with an established editorial team and will be responsible for the recruitment of high-impact, original cancer research articles. The Executive Editor will also network and maintain relationships with key scientists and physicians who are potential authors of manuscript submissions to the Journal. This individual will also oversee and manage a rigorous manuscript peer review process.

Major Duties and Responsibilities:

  • Responsible for the recruitment of high-impact, original cancer research articles.
  • Works closely with the Editor-in-Chief and his Senior Editors to communicate the editorial vision of the journal to the scientific community, and to identify and invite high-quality original research articles, reviews, and special feature content.
  • Manages a fair and timely peer-review process, including triage decisions, Senior Editor assignments, internal transfer requests, presubmission inquiries, and manuscript appeals, and ensures quality and timely handling of submissions.
  • Working closely with an in-house Managing Editor, communicates with authors, editors, reviewers, and readers regarding all aspects of the Journal.
  • Collaborates with the staff of the other seven AACR journals to ensure effective communication and promotion of synergistic opportunities, including but not limited to supporting and enforcing AACR editorial guidelines and policies and working to promote ethical publishing practices.
  • Provides editorial direction for market research and promotional activities.
  • Highlights the importance of articles to AACR’s Communications and Public Relations Department to publicize those that will attract substantial media coverage.
  • Monitors, evaluates, and reports on the activities of competing journals and other information products.

Education and Training:

  • PhD or equivalent with cancer research background.
  • Expertise in basic and preclinical cancer research preferred.

Qualifications and Competencies:

  • At least 5-7 years of experience in scientific or medical journal publishing, including significant senior-level editorial experience.
  • A track record of peer-reviewed publications in the cancer field.
  • Experience as a peer reviewer or as an editorial board member for cancer or cancer-related biomedical journals.
  • Thorough knowledge of the scientific journal peer review process.
  • Knowledge of editorial standards for scientific journals.
  • Understanding of ethical issues in publishing.
  • Advanced writing ability and strong communication skills.
  • Ability to communicate effectively with authors, editors, and inhouse staff members.

How To Apply:

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

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P.O. Box 40138
Philadelphia, PA 19106
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