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.
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