Publishing Manager, ChemRxiv

Washington, DC (remote opportunity)
Aug 01, 2017
Sep 05, 2017
Full Time

The American Chemical Society is the world’s largest scientific membership association and one of the top ten science publishers in the world. The Publications Division of the American Chemical Society provides to its members and the worldwide scientific community a comprehensive collection of high quality information products and services for the practice and advancement of the chemical sciences. The Division publishes a weekly magazine, and 50 high-quality scholarly journals focused on chemistry and chemistry-related topics.

The Editorial Development Department is focused on maintaining and improving the editorial performance of existing titles and the development of new products. The unit is responsible for reporting to staff and governance committees on performance of products; collaborating with their product specific boards and community members to ensure they have the appropriate resources to help their products perform ably; collaborate with staff to create and implement strategic plans for products; and for a number of products, work directly on the day to day management of review, publication, and author/reviewer outreach 

Position Summary

The Publishing Manager is responsible for the day-to-day management and operations of ChemRxiv and ensures that preprints are produced quickly, efficiently, and to manage the process of flagging and removal of inappropriate content prior to posting. S/he is responsible for coordinating the Executive Partner Board, the ACS Steering Committee, and the Scientific Advisory Board with refining and implementing the strategic goals for ChemRxiv to ensure its continued growth and success. S/he will monitor and help the Assistant Director guide the strategic progress of ChemRxiv against similar initiatives. The Publishing Manager will assist the Asst. Director in developing publishing strategies and editorial initiatives to lead ChemRxiv to be the primary repository of chemical information prior to peer review. S/he will also be responsible for evaluating and implementing scalable solutions for managing the review and processing of preprints. It will be his/her responsibility to explore opportunities to integrate the vast and diverse topical expertise of the ACS and CAS staff, the experience of ACS Cloud Administrative teams, and ACS membership and technical divisions as well as that of partner organizations. S/he will work with staff and the Scientific Advisory Board in planning and recruiting diverse content, as well as review all preprints prior to posting. S/he also works with ACS staff from Production & Manufacturing, Global Editorial & Author Services, Web Innovation, and Sales & Marketing to implement strategic initiatives for ChemRxiv, and represents ChemRxiv to the scientific community through travel, including attendance at conferences and efforts to educate the community on preprints through ACS-on-Campus and similar activities. The incumbent reports to the Assistant Director, Open Access Programs.

Work design: Manages a unit or function that is part of a larger function. Follows established organizational policies. Develops procedures; recommends policies. Decisions involve translating ChemRxiv goals and objective into unit objectives, defined work assignments and projects; conducting and implementing actions; and short-term planning.

Required Skills

Position Accountabilities

  • Define and drive strategic growth of ChemRxiv through the development and management of editorial initiatives, including collaborations with your manager, the Executive Partner Board, the ACS Steering Committee, and the Scientific Advisory Board.
  • Recruit new authors and strengthen relationships with research communities served ChemRxiv for the purpose of commissioning submissions, including identifying emerging topical areas for preprints. Collaborate with your manager, the Executive Partner Board, the ACS Steering Committee, and the Scientific Advisory Board, and other stakeholders on advocating for preprints and determining their fit within the communication cycle. Work with authors and staff to ensure timelines are met and resolve problems, including potential ethical issues.
  • Collaborate with your manager, the Executive Partner Board and the ACS Steering Committee in identifying and recruiting Scientific Advisory Board members for ChemRxiv.
  • Manage the review process for preprint posting on ChemRxiv within established budget, ensuring seamless communication, rapid posting, and strong growth in uptake as measured by submissions and usage.
  • Analyze market and, monitor competitive landscape and competitor statistics, reporting on issues/trends in regular meetings with your manager, the Executive Partner Board and the ACS Steering Committee, as well as overseeing the execution of the annual Scientific Advisory Board meeting. Draft strategic plans and monitoring reports on ChemRxiv performance.
  • Manage original supplemental content, including preprint educational articles, blog posts, and social media efforts for ChemRxiv.
  • Serve as ChemRxiv representative in further development teams at ACS and with vendors
  • Represent ChemRxiv at site visits, selected scientific and publishing conferences, and exhibits to acquire and maintain a deep understanding of the needs and trends within the communities served by ChemRxiv. Maintain contact with authors, reviewers, and outside experts including those in the publishing industry. 

Required Experience

Advanced degree (Ph.D. or Masters) in the sciences, preferably in chemistry, materials science, or chemical engineering; combined 8+ years of relevant training and experience in an academic or industrial chemistry setting (may include years as student and graduate student); experience in STM publishing, in managing teams and projects is strongly preferred but not required. Excellent written and verbal communication with technical and nontechnical audiences, decision making, attention to detail, leadership, and analytical skills required. This position is based in the Washington, D.C. offices of the American Chemical Society; remotely located candidates will also be considered. Travel required.


Job Location Washington, District of Columbia, United States Position Type Full-Time/Regular

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