American Association for Cancer Research

Career Opportunities

Managing Editor

Reports to:  Director, Editorial Operations
Department:  Publications
Employment Status: Full-time/ Non-Exempt


Position Description and Responsibilities

  • Works closely with the journals’ editors to help them determine editorial direction, evaluate and improve content, and develop new areas or new types of content; provides follow-through to ensure changes are implemented, integrating any new processes into back-office systems;
  • Manages manuscript submission processes, ensuring rapid turnaround for all manuscripts
    • Tracks and reviews performance of peer reviewers, editors, and internal editorial staff;
    • Evaluates internal procedures to ensure that the manuscript review process is as painless as possible for authors, reviewers and editors;
    • Coordinates changes/updates to the manuscript submission and tracking system as needed; and
    • Prepares statistical reports for distribution as required.
  • Hires, trains, supervises, develops, and evaluates editorial staff
  • Keeps editor(s)-in-chief apprised of journal status, tracking relevant indicators (such as acceptance rate, triage rate, time to publication, etc.); alerts EIC of any problem areas or of senior editors who may be causing delays in MS flow;
  • Plans, prepares materials for, and does presentations at editorial board meetings, editorial retreats, and scheduled conference calls;
  • Analyzes competitive journals and information products; identifies key distinguishing characteristics; suggests changes to gain competitive advantage;
  • Drafts correspondence for editors, such as manuscript solicitations, editorial board invitations, and responses to author and reviewer correspondence;
  • May assign submitted manuscripts to appropriate senior editor for handling;
  • Oversees maintenance of the peer reviewer file and editorial board file in the manuscript submission and tracking system;
  • Works with publications marketing staff to promote the journal to readers and authors
    • Helps to identify articles to promote, obtaining author and editor agreement on choices;
    • Helps to identify potentially relevant audiences and meetings for journal promotion; selects materials to send to meetings that support this effort; and
    • Provides direction for and review ad copy, email blasts, online banner ads for the journal
  • Works with communications and media relations staff to promote journal content to the public, coordinating press releases with the editor, managing embargo dates, etc.;
  • Works with internal staff and AACR’s online journal hosting vendor to develop and implement innovative electronic features and services for the journals;
  • With publisher and director, Editorial Operations, develops the journal’s budget and monitors expenditures; and
  • Works with production department to ensure smooth flow of manuscripts for publication.

Position Requirements

  • Minimum of a bachelor’s degree, preferably in a scientific field;
  • Advanced degree a plus;
  • Five to 10 years of experience as a managing editor or senior-level journal manager for scientific or other scholarly publications;
  • Excellent spelling, grammar and writing skills;
  • Scientific background or knowledge, particularly in the areas of molecular and cellular biology, is preferred;
  • Ability to interact effectively with external editors, authors, and reviewers, as well as with internal colleagues at all levels of the organization;
  • Proven record as a manager of both people and processes;
  • Knowledge of scientific terminology and usage;
  • Proficiency with computers essential; familiarity with MS Office suite of programs, Adobe Acrobat; and
  • Experience with online manuscript submission and tracking systems, and electronic publishing processes preferred.

How to Apply

Please submit your cover letter and resume (including salary history) to:
Human Resources
P.O. Box 40138
Philadelphia, PA 19106
Email: humanresources@aacr.org
Fax: (215) 440-1045
Equal Opportunity Employer