Editor in Chief for Age and Ageing journal

19 July 2018

The Editor has responsibility for the overall editorial process. He/she needs to become fully conversant with the editorial software, ScholarOne Manuscripts (Manuscript Central), used to manage the submission and peer review process. Applicants should hold current membership of the British Geriatrics Society. The Editor should expect to commit one day per week, on a flexible basis, to the editing of the journal.

The Editor is responsible for ensuring a close and efficient working relationship between him/herself and the Editorial Manager, presently Katy Ladbrook. The Editor is responsible for appointing and maintaining an effective working relationship with a number of Associate Editors, each of whom takes responsibility for advising the Editor about submissions within a specified area or discipline. The Associate Editors take responsibility for appointing referees, and then advising the Editor about the suitability of each submission for publication. This will involve the Editor in considering the Associate Editor’s own opinion of the submission, and of the relevance of the referees’ advice. The Editor should take into account the advice of the Associate Editor and referees, but is free to override this if he/she feels that it is appropriate.

The Editor and Associate Editors are also members of the Editorial Board, which is responsible for the governance, editorial and operational strategy for the journal and meets twice a year. The Editor is a member of the Editorial Executive Committee which convenes via conference call four times a year. The Editor will also receive support from an International Advisory Panel and colleagues at Oxford Journals, who are the journal publishers. Per annum remuneration (currently 1 session per week) may be paid to the releasing institution of the Editor, subject to the terms of engagement.

Expressions of interest to reach Katy Ladbrook aa [at] bgs [dot] org [dot] uk by Monday 17th September 2018.

Role Description

Age and Ageing is the research journal of the British Geriatrics Society (BGS) and is published six times a year, with each issue comprising approximately 150 pages. 

Age and Ageing is an international journal publishing refereed original articles and commissioned reviews on geriatric medicine and gerontology. Its range includes research on ageing and clinical, epidemiological, and psychological aspects of later life. The journal aims to publish high quality, reviewed original articles intended to build the evidence base and ultimately enhance the quality of geriatric healthcare. The journal’s Impact Factor has grown steadily in recent years, and now stands at 4.282, making the journal’s worldwide ranking in the category Si: Geriatrics & Gerontology category 9th out of 49.                                               

The Editor-in-Chief is responsible for the overall running of the journal, assisted by the Editorial Manager (Ms Katy Ladbrook) and a team of 19 Associate Editors (AEs). The Editorial Board, Editorial Executive Committee and International Advisory Panel are also available to provide advice and guidance when required. The Editor-in-Chief will work closely with the Editorial Manager and AEs but will also liaise with the publishers, Oxford University Press (OUP), the Chair of the Editorial Board (Professor Paul Knight) and the Chief Executive of the BGS (Mr Colin Nee). The Editor must hold current membership of the British Geriatrics Society.

In the past year the journal received 1175 new submissions and 193 resubmissions. The majority are unsolicited and all submissions are made through ScholarOne Manuscripts (Manuscript Central), the manuscript processing software. The Editor-in-Chief assesses each new submission and makes an initial decision about the option of outright rejection or peer review (see Appendix 1). Currently the outright rejection rate is 72%. If considered potentially suitable for publication, the Editor-in-Chief will use ScholarOne to forward the paper to one of the AEs, who will arrange peer review if this is considered appropriate. If the paper lies outside the major areas of expertise of the AEs or there are delays in obtaining their agreement to assess a paper, the Editor-in-Chief will take on the role of AE. Once the reports from the peer reviewers are received, together with the recommendations of the Associate Editor, the Editor-in-Chief will make a decision on publication (acceptance, resubmission after revision or rejection) and inform the authors accordingly through ScholarOne. He/she will also deal with any appeals about editorial decisions regarding publication, arranging independent review where appropriate. Information on all appeals about editorial decisions is recorded in a database held by the Editorial Manager. 

In addition to assessing and making decisions about all submissions to the journal, the Editor-in-Chief will identify an open access paper and bullet points for the cover of each issue. He/she is also responsible for writing the Editor’s View article for each issue, the commissioning of Editorials and other articles, ensuring that the target number of papers is published in each issue of the journal. The Editor-in-Chief will recruit AEs when needed, to ensure that appropriate expertise is available to ensure the smooth running of the journal. He/she will assist the Editorial Board in appointing an Assistant Editor, who will undertake similar responsibilities to the AEs, but will also deputise for the Editor during periods when the Editor is on leave or requires assistance to deal with the workload. 

The Editor-in-Chief will prepare for, attend and lead discussions at two Editorial Board meetings each year, which are attended by the Editorial Manager, AEs and staff from OUP and the BGS.  This provides an opportunity to discuss general policy matters and review the editorial process. The Editor-in-Chief is a member of The Editorial Executive Committee and will participate in four conference calls per year. The Editor-in-Chief will also attend and contribute to either the Autumn or Spring BGS Meeting. The cost of registration is waived for attendance.

The Editor-in-Chief should maintain an awareness of changes in editorial process, and other matters within the journal publishing field in general, and consider, if necessary with the Editorial Board, changes to the editorial process for Age and Ageing. It is anticipated that the Editor-in-Chief will spend the equivalent of one day each week working on the journal, but the timing can be flexible to fit around other professional activities. The Editor shall serve for five years, which period may be extended for one further year by mutual agreement. Per annum remuneration (currently 1 session per week) may be paid to the releasing institution of the Editor, subject to the terms of engagement.