Call for Applications - WRR Operations Editor

The Board of Directors of the Wound Healing Society (WHS) has appointed its Publications Committee to issue a Call for Candidates and conduct a search for the position of Operations Editor of WOUND REPAIR AND REGENERATION (WRR) the official journal of WHS. The Publications Committee invites qualified candidates to apply for this prestigious position. Candidate applications are due 15 January 2020. It is the Publications Committee's responsibility to make its recommendations of qualified candidates to the WHS Board of Directors. The successful candidate will work with current Editor-in-Chief, Dr. Jeffrey Davidson from mid-March and assume the position of Operations Editor at the time of the WHS Annual Meeting. The Operations Editor contract will be for up to 3 years depending on successful annual reviews after a 6 month initial review.

The current Editor-in-Chief of WRR is Dr. Jeffrey Davidson of Vanderbilt University. The Society and journal have benefited enormously from the scholarly leadership that Dr. Davidson has demonstrated during his tenure.

The Editor's responsibilities include:

  1. Editorial
    • Provide monthly reporting to the Publications Chair on ScholarOne Metrics regarding submission pipeline, editorial turnaround times, acceptance rates, production metrics and marketing efforts.
    • Pre-screen manuscripts for scientific merit and suitability for WRR.
    • Draft editorial rejection letters as applicable.
    • Identify Monitoring Editor (based on topic and editor availability. Choose from Editors, members of editorial board or guest editor.
    • Identify referees (PubMed, ISI searches for keywords, authors and author recommendations, search related papers, MS Central for previously used referees for this topic, reference list and author recommendations and my previous experience with the referees).
    • Send paper to Monitoring Editor, along with my recommended referees (4-5 people) and author recommendations. Also list caveats for any author recommended referees (i.e. reliability, if they are overly or under critical, relationships etc...). Cover all aspects of the paper- i.e. one referee to cover the scientific problem, or if it covers more than one field, referees for each field, and a different referee to cover the methodology. Monitoring editor will add information about the recommendations, and narrow or expand the list of potential referees.
    • Liaise with monitoring editor to line up of referees (invite, accept, follow ups, and come up with more recommendations as needed).
    • MS Central sends reminders to get reviews back, follow up with personalized letters as needed.
    • Keep an eye on papers with overdue referees- send authors a letter to let them know we have not forgotten them, check with monitoring editor to see if they are willing to make a decision based on comments in hand.
    • Read each review when submitted to be certain it is complete and appropriate, solicit additional referees if not appropriate
    • Draft Decision- Send reviews and draft of decision letter to monitoring editor. Send decision with other relevant documents to author and referees. The monitoring editor has the opportunity to revise this letter before sending it back to me to send to the authors.
    • If the authors have been given a chance to rewrite the paper for grammatical/language problems, and they have not done an adequate job, I edit the paper. This will not be done by the copy editors.
    • Review revised papers and advise monitoring editors about how to move forward (i.e. immediate acceptance, re-review, return to authors for additional revisions)
      1. Editorial Continuity - based on the experience of the Operations Editor with the editorial board and referees, the Operations Editor will provide recommendations for appointments to each of the three Editor positions, and appointments to the Editorial Board.
      2. Editorial Consistency - the Operations Editor will ensure that the standards for acceptance and rejection are consistent across all disciplines.
      3. Review Articles - Following up on suggestions of the editors and editorial board, the Operations Editor will plan, organize, solicit and follow up on review articles
  2. Production
    1. Pre-press
      1. Make sure text meets requirements- format, grammar etc... Copyediting is minimal so some re-writing may be necessary for English language problems.
      2. Title optimization
      3. Plagiarism check- iThenicate for each article
      4. Image quality check- resolution, color, clarity of presentation
      5. Send to press
      6. Copyrights, page charge forms
    2. Page proofs- read/ correct page proofs, review author corrections. Confirm figure size, clarity, format of paper conforms to journal style, check that figures have scale bars, check Greeks, units and abbreviations.
    3. Issue makeup
      1. Table of contents- order of manuscripts, make sure all contents are ready in time- push authors, or delay publication of papers to meet deadlines.
      2. Cover, cover legend- oversee selection of a cover image each month
      3. Copyrights, page charge
    4. Special issues and virtual issues
  3. Editorial Board - keep track of weaknesses in the board- people who are not contributing, fields that we need to strengthen.
  4. Marketing
    1. Write letters to the board, communication with editorial board
    2. keep track of kinds of papers submitted, identify fields we need to target
    3. Co-ordinate with marketing team
  5. Problem solver - Author problems, author complaints, referee problems, editor problems, production problems, PubMed/PubMed Central problems, MS Central etc.
  6. Meetings
    1. Monthly meeting with academic editors to discuss manuscript in review, manuscript in press, TOC, covers, all issues that have come up in the preceding month, planning for review article solicitations/ special issues, long term planning
    2. Annual meeting with Editors and Wiley- all issues described above, plus issues relevant to the publisher, and bigger picture issues (journal policies, political, financial etc...)

Candidate application materials are due by 15 January 2020 and must include

  • Curriculum vitae; and a
  • Summary of the candidate's editorial experience
  • Personal statement of interest

Qualified candidates will be expected to be present and interviewed during the 2020 WHS Annual Scientific Meeting, May 13-16 2020, at the San Diego Convention Center in San Diego, California. The costs of this meeting will be borne by the WHS.

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