MDS Seeks Nominations for Editors

Movement Disorders Journal

The MDS Editorial Search Committee seeks nominations for the position of Editor-In-Chief (EIC) of Movement Disorders to serve a five (5) year term (renewable once), beginning in January 2020. The current Editor-In-Chief, Prof. Jose Obeso, will conclude his term at the end of 2019. Under his dedicated leadership, the Journal has grown substantially with respect to impact factor and scholarly content to become the leading publication focusing on Movement Disorders. Read more about this position below.

Nominations Sought for Editor-In-Chief of the Journal, Movement Disorders
Duties and Responsibilities of the Editor-in-Chief, Movement Disorders

The Editor-In-Chief (EIC) is responsible for determining the suitability of submitted manuscripts for publication in the Journal. The EIC has the overall responsibility for organizing the content of each issue in collaboration with the managing editor.  The EIC is also active in the preparation of video material associated with the Journal. The EIC currently maintains and oversees a Managing Editor, sub-specialty editors, and the International Editorial Board.  The International Editorial Board represents various specialty areas and is evenly distributed geographically as far as possible within the field of Movement Disorders. In conjunction with these reviewers, the EIC works to: (1) ensure that a sound peer review process takes place; (2) solicit Journal articles; and (3) carry out editorial policies of the Society. 

The EIC establishes timelines for the review and publication process in order to maintain the highest standards of content for a peer-reviewed journal publication, and maintains balance across disciplinary areas and specialties. The EIC also ensures that the interests of the Society are promoted by the Journal, and implements the journal’s policies on matters such as conflict of interest. 

Candidates for the position of Editor-In-Chief should be innovative, have an ability to develop a vision for the Journal and implement that vision to create attractive content for the Journal. In addition, as the digital world has increased the ease of interactions, correspondence with authors regarding queries, concerns, rebuttals and articles are becoming more complex and the Candidate will need to successfully manage correspondence as well as the laborious decision making process. Candidates should have strong writing and managerial skills, as well as have strong technical accomplishments in one or more disciplines relevant to movement disorders, preferably have prior experience as an editor of scholarly publications, and have broad interests. Candidates should not hold positions that conflict or compete with those of the editorship or have other conflicts of interests that will be perceived as compromising the integrity of the post and the Journal.  Candidates should have adequate time available to commit to the duties of Editor-In-Chief, which is estimated to require at least 10 to 15 hours weekly on an ongoing basis that includes usual vacation times from standard employment.  MDS provides some financial support for editors. Because the Journal is in English, high language skills for oral and written English are essential.

Reporting Structure

The Editor-In-Chief is given editorial independence in regards to content, however, this position is responsible for providing bi-annual reports to the MDS Publications Oversight Committee (POC) as well as the MDS Officers. These reports include both editorial successes and challenges, as well as metrics such as article downloads, time to publish and article acceptance rates. Additionally, any budgetary requests or new projects would need the review and approval of both the POC and the Officers.

Submission of Applications

Applications for editor-in-chief should include a statement of the nominee’s qualifications, relevant experience, management approach, a CV, and a list of references.  Candidates should also submit their strategic vision for the journal, specifically addressing the following questions:

  • What is your vision for the Journal?
  • What would you like to see changed and/or preserved?
  • Are there any administrative changes you would make?
  • What particular skills will you bring to the position?
     

Applications must be submitted by August 8, 2018 in order to receive full consideration. They will be carefully reviewed by the MDS Editorial Search Committee and the Officers. After this review, only those individuals who are felt to be strong potential candidates for the positions will be contacted for further consideration.

Applications should be submitted to:

MDS International Secretariat
555 East Wells Street, Suite 1100
Milwaukee, WI 53202-3823 USA
TEL: +1 414-276-2145
FAX: +1 414-276-3349
E-mail: info@movementdisorders.org

Moving Along

In addition, MDS seeks nominations for two Co-Editors of the Society's newsletter, Moving Along, to each serve a five (5) year term, beginning in January 2019. The current Moving Along Co-Editors, Drs. Carlo Colosimo and Mark Stacy, will conclude their terms at the end of 2018. Read more about this position below.

Nominations Sought for Moving Along Newsletter Editors
Duties and Responsibilities of Moving Along Editors

The Co-Editors will work with the MDS Communications staff to produce quarterly issues of the newsletter each year. Issues of the Newsletter will include the following types of articles:

  • Cover Stories (Relevant topics to MDS members or the field of Movement Disorders)
  • Member Interviews
  • Scientific Highlights 
  • Committee/Task Force/Special Interest Group Reports
  • Meeting Reports
     

The Co-Editors of the newsletter will work together to determine appropriate topics and/or themes for each issue and decide on appropriate authorship. The Co-Editors will also work to determine potential new formats and opportunities to provide members with relevant scientific content.

Reporting Structure

The Co-Editors are given editorial independence in regards to content, however, these positions are responsible for providing bi-annual reports to the MDS Publications Oversight Committee (POC) as well as the MDS Officers. These reports include both editorial successes and challenges, as well as suggestions for improvement. Additionally, any budgetary requests or new projects would need the review and approval of both the POC and the Officers.

Submission of Applications

Interested candidates for this position must be current Members of MDS.

Applications for Moving Along editor should include a statement of the nominee’s personal details (e.g., name, affiliated institution, address, email, phone/fax etc.), qualifications, relevant experience, and a brief CV (or CVs if co-editors) including experience with respect to editing . Candidates should also submit a strategic vision for Moving Along, specifically addressing the following questions:

  • What is your vision for Moving Along?
  • What content would you like to see changed and/or preserved?
  • What changes would you make to the format, layout or distribution?
  • What skills will you bring to the position?
     

Applications must be submitted by August 8, 2018. Final candidates will be selected and notified in August, and in-person interviews will take place at the International Congress in Hong Kong, October 5-9, 2018.

Applications should be submitted to:

MDS International Secretariat
555 East Wells Street, Suite 1100
Milwaukee, WI 53202-3823 USA
TEL: +1 414-276-2145
FAX: +1 414-276-3349
E-mail: info@movementdisorders.org

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