Editor-in-Chief of a new general medical journal from The BMJ

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BMJ is looking for an Editor-in-Chief to develop the editorial scope and strategy for a new, leading, open access, general medical journal. The new journal will be a companion journal to The BMJ in the BMJ family of open access journals. You will work closely with The BMJ’s editorial team and will report in to the Editor-in-Chief of The BMJ.

This is a high-profile role within the BMJ portfolio of journals. As Editor-in-Chief you will be responsible for the journal’s content, as well as leading on establishing the journal’s scope and vision. You will lead on exploring and embracing new publishing developments and transformative technologies for the journal.

The successful candidate will act as an ambassador, actively promoting the new journal, and upholding the highest ethical standards of publishing practice that The BMJ is renowned for. You will build an editorial team and work collaboratively with The BMJ and other BMJ Journals to ensure the rapid development and success of the journal.

This is an exciting opportunity to join BMJ and have an active role in the growing development of our journals portfolio.

If this is something that interests you then please send us a covering letter explaining why you wish to be considered and an up to date, relevant CV. The closing date is 29th January 2021.


  • Support the Editor-in-Chief of The BMJ and Publishing Director of BMJ to prepare a high-level strategic plan for the launch, growth and development of the new journal
  • Ensure all content published in the journal is of high quality and within the journal's scope
  • Provide line management for members of the editorial team
  • Recruit, onboard and grow the editorial board members
  • Act as the main voice to represent the new journal within BMJ and with external research and clinical communities
  • Meet with authors, reviewers, and readers to understand their priorities and needs, and the ways in which they are engaging with the journal’s content
  • Oversee research/publication ethics issues, e.g., cases of author misconduct such as plagiarism, undeclared conflicts of interest


  • Medically qualified or a relevant postgraduate life sciences qualification, to PhD or equivalent
  • Significant experience of assessing clinical research manuscripts and the peer review process
  • Editorial experience in biomedicine: commissioning and editing content for a clinical or biomedical audience
  • Experience of managing a team including direct line management
  • Experience in product development and strategy implementation
  • Proven critical appraisal skills, with excellent understanding of medical research methods, study design and publication ethics
  • Firm understanding of Open Access and STM publishing
  • Broad understanding of open science and data sharing
  • Excellent written and verbal communication skills
  • Comfortable with public speaking and presentations
  • Experience of developing and implementing workflows
  • Computer literate including familiarity with online submission and peer review systems, MS Office and web searching, notably using key life sciences databases
  • Well organised, with ability to prioritise a busy workload
  • Capable of making sense of complex information
  • Attentive to detail and a quick learner
  • Experience using social media for business purposes
  • A very high standard of written English is required to communicate effectively and professionally with reviewers and authors

If this is something that interests you then please send us a covering letter explaining why you wish to be considered and an up to date, relevant CV.   The closing date is 29th January 2021.


Why should you apply?

BMJ is a global healthcare knowledge provider with a vision for a healthier world. We share knowledge and expertise to improve healthcare outcomes.

You may know us as the publisher of one of the world’s most cited general medical journals, The BMJ. We also publish over 70 specialty journals, many of which are the most influential titles in their field.


We also offer digital professional development courses and clinical decision support tools to help medical institutions and clinicians tackle today’s most critical healthcare challenges.

 Evidence underpins everything we do – it’s what makes us one of the world’s most trusted knowledge providers. And the figures speak for themselves. More than 50 million users from over 150 countries access our websites every year.


BMJ is a wholly-owned subsidiary of the British Medical Association (BMA), with nearly 500 employees worldwide. Our head office is located within the Grade II listed BMA House in Euston, London, with more offices in China, India, North America, and Wales.


As a values-driven company, we have pride in our people and take equal opportunities very seriously. We welcome individuality and all qualified applications from a diverse range of candidates.

Those who come to work with us are assured of a rewarding career in an increasingly global company. In return, we offer a great place to work with a wide range of benefits, including:

  •     Twenty-five days holiday entitlement plus bank holidays, a BMA Day the opportunity to gain more holiday entitlement through long service employment
  •     Additional days’ leave for moving house, volunteering or getting married
  •     Onsite gym, fitness classes and subsidised canteen and cafeteria
  •     Double matching employer pension contribution, up to 12%
  •     Multiple discounts [from major stores] through MyReward employee benefits platform.
  •     Season ticket loan, gym membership and cycle to work scheme
  •     Seven x salary life assurance cover
  •     Regular social events, diversity and inclusion groups, and charity fundraising initiatives to get involved in


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