Call for Section Editor - Virulence

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Call for Section Editor


6 December 2021

About the role

Virulence is an open access, high impact journal with a unique focus on pathogenicity and pathogenesis.

We are inviting applications for a Host Response Section Editor, to join our Board of international academic experts.

The purview of the Host Response Section Editor will encompass papers concerned primarily with innate, adaptive and immunopathogenic responses to pathogens and includes vaccine papers.

The role will be for a minimum of one year, renewable for further years subject to mutual agreement and will include a small honorarium.

About the Editor-in-Chief

Kevin Tyler

Dr. Kevin Tyler runs a cosmopolitan, multidisciplinary group taking a genomics led approach to tackling problems associated with a variety of (water borne and vector borne) microbial diseases supported by grants from the Wellcome Trust, the European Commission (Framework VI, VII, Horizon 2020 and Interreg) and the British Council for networks of research and collaboration across Europe, South America and Africa. He has served as an NTD expert to the European Commission and is an advocate for solutions to these diseases through his current role as the general secretary of the British Society for Parasitology.

His interest is focused at achieving an understanding of pathogen virulence - how and why new virulent lineages emerge and why some are profoundly affected by an infection which can be asymptomatic in others. His approach has been to utilize discoveries of specific pathogen biology and genetics from his laboratory to inform innovation and validation of novel diagnostics and therapeutics and public health approaches to tackling the diseases.

He has also been a proponent and pioneer of Open Access Publication and is a modernizer of effective communication and publication for research in communicable disease to enable access of the key scientific literature by scientists and clinicians in the more impoverished countries most affected by infectious disease. 

Role Description

The Section Editor will be responsible for the following:

  • Recruitment and management of a small Board of expert Associate Editors for their Section.

  • Oversight and management of the peer review process for submissions via the Editorial Manager system for their Section.

  • Making decisions on submissions as subject expert, providing feedback to authors, and working with the Editor-in-Chief to prepare accepted submissions for publication.

  • Identifying strategies and working with the Editor-in-Chief and Publisher to enhance and maintain the quality and reputation of the journal.


Interested parties may apply by emailing their CV and a short statement detailing their interest in the role to the Editor-in-Chief, Dr. Kevin Tyler ([email protected]).

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