Job advertisement: Editor-in-Chief for Acta Physiologica

The Scandinavian Physiological Society is seeking the next Editor-in-Chief for Acta Physiologica. Acta Physiologica is the flagship of the Society and a prominent organ in the field of experimental sciences. As Editor-in-Chief, you will not only have ample opportunity to shape the future of the Journal but also effectively influence the direction and quality of physiological research. The Scandinavian Physiological Society welcomes applications from excellent scientists with a broad understanding of physiology and with vision and experience in academic publishing.

The Editor-in-Chief reports directly to The Board of the Scandinavian Physiological Society through the Executive Committee which is located in Aarhus, Denmark until September 2026. This structure provides agile and easy day-to-day communication with and support from the Society. The Scandinavian Physiological Society is advised on publication policies by a publication committee, which will review the Editor-in-Chief performance annually.

As Editor-in-Chief, you will be appointed for an initial four-year term, which may be renewed for an additional three years. There will be a three-month overlap with the outgoing Editor-in-Chief, and the term as Editor-in-Chief starts at the end of this overlap period. The Editor-in-Chief is granted an honorarium and expenses budget as compensation for expenses associated with duties for Acta Physiologica and the Scandinavian Physiological Society.

The Editor-in-Chief of Acta Physiologica is expected:

  • To be a visionary leader in the strategic development of Acta Physiologica to increase its audience while maintaining its status as one of the most renowned journals in physiology. This will include working with the SPS and our publishers in making Acta Physiologica suitable for Open Access publishing
  • To lead the team of Associate Editors and to nominate new Associate Editors for approval by the SPS board. The Editor-in-Chief and the team of Associate Editors select new members of the Editorial Board, ensuring broad representation aligned with the SPS’s lines on inclusion and diversity
  • To host online and the SPS annual meeting with the Associate Editors at SPS’s annual meeting and arrange online meetings for the full Editorial Board
  • To be a strong representative for Acta Physiologica and the SPS at international scientific conferences and to engage directly with the scientific community, both authors and readers, at meetings and through social media to attract high-quality manuscripts and engage readers
  • To identify manuscripts, which are not accepted for Acta Physiologica of solid scientific quality, for publication in Physiological Reports
  • To support the adoption of new platforms and technologies in scientific publishing and introduce new editorial features for authors and readers
  • To secure high-quality peer review, integrity, transparency, and reproducibility
  • To work with SPS and our publishers in the investigation of cases of suspected scientific misconduct
  • To arbitrate on appeals by authors and in other issues relating to editorial matters
  • To work with our publishers to ensure that Acta Physiologica provides service for authors, editors and reviewers with a swift and efficient publication procedure
  • To pay daily attention to editorial tasks and promptly communicate with publisher and Editorial Board members.

Key competencies:

  • A clear vision for the future direction of Acta Physiologica
  • An international track record in and broad understanding of physiology
  • Strong leadership and influencing skills
  • Experience in a senior, decision-making role at a peer-review journal
  • An ability to work effectively with and respond promptly to requests from the Society and publisher
  • Experience of with initiatives in journal publishing (Open Science, new models of peer review)
  • Diplomacy, judgement, and fairness in dealing with author appeals, misconduct cases, etc.
  • The willingness to promote Acta Physiologica, including openness to using social media.

How to apply:
Interested candidates should send an application (max. two pages) outlining their vision for Acta Physiologica along with a plan to make the vision a reality. Please, include an updated CV (max. two pages) that address any editorial experience and a full publication list.

Onboarding starts 1st of October 2024 or soon thereafter.

The application is sent as one pdf-file to The Scandinavian Physiological Society:

Deadline for application: 1st of May 2024.

Selected candidates are expected to be invited to an interview on the 6th or 7th of June 2024.