Apply to Become Editor-in-Chief of the Journal of Hand Surgery

August 22, 2019

The ASSH is requesting applications for Editor-in-Chief for the Journal of Hand Surgery (JHS).  This position receives a stipend from ASSH with a five-year term beginning on January 1, 2021.  The Editor-in-Chief (EIC) of JHS is responsible for soliciting, reviewing and selecting articles for publication, serving as the head of the Editorial Board and working with the Journal Advisory Group (JAG) to carry out the editorial vision.

In addition to the broad responsibilities of EIC above, the successful candidate is expected to promote the journal, its content, and authors via various media, including but not limited to podcasts, videos and visual abstracts.  He or she will also provide annual reports for JAG, supervise publishing duties such as copy editing, ensure balanced and constructive reviews, correspond with authors, and carry out other duties as necessary.

Candidates should have a strong history of review or editorial service, dedication to ethics and professionalism, a strong desire to serve the field and ASSH, and a facility with, or willingness to learn, new and emerging technologies related to the promotion and management of JHS.   

If you are interested in this position, please send your current curriculum vitae and a separate document clearly labeled with your name that responds to the query below in 500 words to Tara Spiess at [email protected] by September 16, 2019.

Beginning in 2016, the Journal of Hand Surgery has undergone a transformation to reduce the number of printed pages, bring more readers online, and increase the value of subscribership by creating new ways to discover and interact with JHS.  Please describe how you would continue to usher the journal down this path, both by sharing your vision for how readers could interact with JHS, how the editorial process can be used to build positive relationships with authors, and how the position will fit into your career.

In early October, finalists will be selected and asked to supply two letters of recommendation and be available to the Editor-in-Chief Search Committee to participate in possible follow-up questions.    The final selection will be made by late December 2019, and the term would begin January 1, 2021.  Questions should be directed to Tara Spiess ([email protected]).