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Scientific Editor (Digital Health)

Type: Full-time

Location: GTA

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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 medical informatics but will consider candidates with expertise in digital health more broadly. This is an exciting opportunity to join a growing editorial team as it supports a world-class community of editors-in-chief, deputy editors, editorial board members, reviewers, and authors. 

Location

We prefer candidates located in (or willing to relocate to) Toronto, Canada, but will also consider candidates from outside of the Greater Toronto Area or outside of Canada.

Primary Duties and Responsibilities

Reporting to the COO/Deputy Publisher and working closely with the Founding Publisher, 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 editorial decisions related to papers submitted to JMIR Research Protocols and JMIR Formative Research

  • 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

  • Recruit section 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 content in support of knowledge translation, our blog, and various social media outlets.

  • Support the Editorial Director 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 COO in identifying and developing opportunities to strengthen the portfolio in line with JMIR 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 at industry, scientific and academic events, and with external stakeholders and policy makers.

Qualifications

The successful candidate will have the following qualifications:

Education

  • PhD, MD, MD/PhD in the field of medical informatics or digital health

Experience

  • Active or prior biomedical scientist or academic clinician with expertise in medical informatics or digital health 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), ideally history of publishing with JMIR 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

Competencies

  • 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

Compensation

  • Compensation will be commensurate with experience.

Applications

Interested candidates should submit the following documents:

  • A current curriculum vitae

  • A cover letter in a Google doc document describing your vision for the JMIR series of 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.

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