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Recruiting for Editor in Chief and Reviewers

Molecular and Cellular Biology

Deadline
14 February 2023

About the role

Molecular and Cellular Biology is a well-established journal that has been in publication for over forty years. Previously published by the American Society for Microbiology, the journal transferred to Taylor and Francis for the 2023 Volume.

Molecular and Cellular Biology (MCB) has interests in the advancement and dissemination of fundamental knowledge concerning the molecular biology of all eukaryotic cells, with a particular interest in technically rigorous, mechanistic studies. Submissions of these studies typically provide significant advances in the areas of gene expression and genome organization, cellular morphology and function, molecular metabolism, cellular trafficking, and signal transduction. The journal is also interested in studies that investigate molecular, cellular, and systemic host responses to pathogenic agents in chronic diseases and conditions.

We are looking for a new Editor-in-Chief with a passion to drive the journal forward, with a background in some (or all) of the listed key interest areas.

The successful candidate will be responsible for:

• Leading and supporting an editorial team approach to the implementation of strategic development initiatives
• Editorial oversight and decision-making on assigned submissions, based on feedback from reviews
• Help T&F editorial staff to support associate editors with questions (as and when these arise)
• Engaging regularly with the Editorial team and board members to ensure everyone is confident and up to date with journal policies, general information and publishing processes
• Work with T&F Commissioning and editorial support teams to attract work from a growing network of both new ‘rising star’ and experienced authors
• Collaborate with the publisher on appropriate handling for ethics queries (in line with COPE and ICMJE guidance)
• Ensure that reviewers and authors adhere to industry best practices as closely as possible
• Periodically proposing (and assessing any received proposals) special issues or collections around a subject theme

The workload will involve regular monitoring of new submissions received, assignments and tasks; it is duty and/or deadline driven and can be flexible to suit the candidate and their time zone. There will be an agreed handover period with the outgoing Editor to ensure seamless transition.

Taylor & Francis will provide a stipend for the role to cover any journal-related expenses. Taylor & Francis can organise regular board meetings and supply annual reports reflecting on the performance of the journal.

Molecular and Cellular Biology is also seeking to recruit peer reviewers. Follow the apply button to submit your application.

About the journal

Cover image - Molecular and Cellular Biology

Molecular and Cellular Biology ( MCB ) is devoted to the advancement and dissemination of fundamental knowledge concerning the molecular biology of all eukaryotic cells. MCB seeks technically rigorous, mechanistic studies that provide significant advances in the areas of gene expression and genome organization, cellular morphology and function, molecular metabolism, cellular trafficking, and signal transduction. The journal is also interested in studies that investigate molecular, cellular, and systemic host responses to pathogenic agents in chronic diseases and conditions.

MCB is edited by leading investigators in the field of molecular biology, and decisions are based solely on scientific merit. MCB recognizes that rigorous, in-depth extensions of prior observations contribute in an important way to the advancement of scientific knowledge. We welcome studies that build upon, clarify, or question previous work and thereby move the field forward.

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Key Skills and Attributes

Interested in applying? Here are the skills and attributes we would be looking for in a successful applicant:

• Confidence to engage with authors and researchers to solicit high quality submissions
• Strong organizational skills to ensure that submissions are handled in a timely manner
• The ability to foster positive working relationships with colleagues
• An understanding of research and publishing ethics
• Someone who is active in the journal community
• Previous experience as an Editor, Associate Editor or active Editorial Board member for a journal.

The following skills and attributes would be ideal but not essential:
• Strong personal networks within the subject community
• Experience of the peer review process with a magazine or journal

The role is for an initial term of three years. We expect the new candidate to begin the role formally from early 2023, but the timeline can be flexible and would include a transitional phase to be agreed with the outgoing Editor.

Application Instructions

Submitting your Application for Editor-in-Chief

Applications must include:

1. Your resume or C.V.
2. A brief letter proposing your interest and suitable credentials for the role of Editor-in-Chief
(up to a maximum of 1 A4 page)

To submit your application, please click the apply button. For further details, please contact the journal Portfolio Manager: Emma Williams

All applications will be treated as strictly confidential. Taylor & Francis will judge each on its merits without regard to the race, religion, nationality, sex, seniority, or institutional affiliation of the candidate.

Interviews will be held by telephone or Microsoft Teams.

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The journal is committed to ensuring diversity, equity and inclusion within its editorial team and decision making processes. All applications will be treated as strictly confidential, and each will be judged on its merits without bias for seniority of institutional affiliation. We do not discriminate on the basis of race, color, ancestry, national origin, religion, or religious creed, mental or physical disability, medical condition, genetic information, sex (including pregnancy, childbirth, and related medical conditions), sexual orientation, gender identity, gender expression, age, marital status, military or protected veteran status, citizenship, or other protected characteristics.

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