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Editor-in-Chief: AJE Open

Johns Hopkins University invites applications and nominations for the position of Editor-in-Chief (EiC) of a new open access (OA), online-only, peer-reviewed epidemiology journal, AJE Open. This journal will be part of a portfolio of Johns Hopkins journals that also includes the American Journal of Epidemiology and Epidemiologic Reviews.

AJE Open will publish content that spans the breadth of the field and provide an inclusive and trustworthy OA venue for the global community, with editorial decisions based on the validity of the research and its value to the scientific record. It will provide specific sections for emerging branches of research, such as social epidemiology, and be inclusive of earlier career researchers within the authorship, editorship, and reviewer pools. It will accept direct submissions and transfers from the American Journal of Epidemiology and Epidemiologic Reviews, as well as de novo submissions.

The EiC will lead the launch of this new journal in close collaboration with Johns Hopkins University, the Publisher, and the Managing Editor and editorial team and will work with the Society for Epidemiologic Research to raise awareness among its members. The EiC will be an ambassador for the Journal throughout the research community and will be responsible for determining the Journal’s editorial direction. The initial tenure of 5 years is anticipated to begin in fall of 2024.

Candidates should have a strong record of recognized scholarship, a broad base of knowledge in the field, demonstrated leadership and communication skills, and appropriate time to devote to developing and maintaining the Journal. An understanding of publishing ethics and familiarity with an OA journal model are both essential. Previous editorial experience and the ability to clearly articulate a compelling vision for the Journal are other key factors on which candidates will be evaluated.

Interested applicants should submit the following information by June 30, 2024. Interviews will take place virtually the week of July 15, 2024.

1. Please describe the following:

  • Your initial focus for AJE Open. How would this new journal fit into the current research landscape, what are its challenges, and how would you overcome these? How would you propose structuring an editorial board to ensure a successful launch? [300-word limit]
  • Reasons for your interest in this position [300-word limit]
  • Brief description of your research and/or interests and current fields of activity [100-word limit]
  • An estimate of the amount of time per week that you can devote to the position
  • Prior editorial experience, including work in the following roles: Editor, Associate Editor, and/or Editorial Board Member of a journal, as well as any experience in launching new journals [100-word limit]
  • Brief description of leadership positions held [100-word limit]
  • Other personal qualifications and/or comments that may be relevant for the selection committee [300-word limit]

2. Curriculum vitae

3. Conflict-of-interest statement

Applications should be addressed to David Celentano and submitted electronically to


EiC Role and Responsibilities

The primary responsibilities of the EiC of AJE Open are to provide editorial leadership and strategic stewardship of the Journal, guide the Journal’s editorial direction in close collaboration with Johns Hopkins University, the Publisher, the Managing Editor, and the editorial team, and ensure a successful Journal launch. In fulfilling these responsibilities, the EiC ensures the Journal’s content aligns with its vision, provides value to its readership and authors, and reflects the highest standards of scientific value and integrity. The EiC also ensures operations are conducted in accordance with industry standards and best ethical and publishing practices and serves as an ambassador for the Journal throughout the research community.

The initial term is 5 years, with a possibility for tenure extensions if decided upon by mutual agreement.

In overseeing the Journal’s content and operations, the EiC’s specific responsibilities include:

  • Collaborating closely with Johns Hopkins University, the Managing Editor and editorial team, and the Society for Epidemiologic Research on the Journal’s launch, which includes outlining the vision, setting priorities, and working to develop and increase the global prestige of the Journal.
  • Ensuring the Journal’s content is valuable to its readership and inspires growth in its usage and submissions.
  • Ensuring that all articles accepted for publication have undergone a rigorous, objective, and timely peer-review process.
  • Functioning as final arbiter to determine acceptance or rejection of all materials submitted for potential publication and ensuring a steady supply of high-quality content.
  • Maintaining and upholding recognized standards of high quality and ethical practice for scholarly publications.
  • Overseeing author or reviewer disputes, conflicts of interest, and allegations of misconduct promptly, courteously, confidentially, and in accordance with recognized guidelines and best practices, and seeking counsel on serious matters from Johns Hopkins University and the Journal’s Publisher.
  • Recruiting, maintaining, and managing an active, well respected, and technically competent Editorial Board, the members of which reflect geographical, demographic, and cultural diversity and multidisciplinary expertise.
  • Overseeing performance of assigned roles and responsibilities, such as coordinating the peer-review process.
  • Ensuring active engagement of the Journal’s Editorial Board through regular communication and routine review of board members’ performances.
  • Enrolling and maintaining qualified reviewers with diverse areas of expertise to consistently contribute to the peer-review process by judging the technical merit of submissions.
  • Cooperating with editorial and publisher staff to ensure timely publication of Journal content, effective implementation of marketing initiatives, and use of efficient workflows throughout the production process.