The American College of Gastroenterology (ACG) is seeking candidates for the position of Editor-in-Chief of the Society’s flagship publication, The American Journal of Gastroenterology (AJG).  AJG is an International Journal that publishes peer-reviewed scientific papers on gastroenterology and hepatology. The ACG works to enhance the ability of our members to provide world-class care to patients with digestive disorders and advance the profession through excellence and innovation based upon the pillars of Patient Care, Education, Scientific Investigation, Advocacy, and Practice Management. The AJG publication aids in the mission by providing a rigorous review of articles on the prevention, diagnosis, and treatment of digestive through evidence-based patient care.

The Journal provides practical and professional support for clinicians dealing with GI disorders seen most often in patients. Articles published in the Journal include Articles, Reviews, Brief Communications, Letters to the Editor, and ACG Guidelines on topics encompassing the field of gastroenterology. With an impact factor of 10.171 and ranked 7th out of 88 journals in Gastroenterology & Hepatology, the Journal is published by Wolters Kluwer monthly both in print and online. With a monthly circulation of over 15,000, AJG receives over 3,000 submissions per year and refers articles to the ACG’s two Open Access journals.

The Board of Trustees welcomes nominations from candidates with diverse backgrounds dedicated to the Society’s Values. Interested candidates should apply through the online system no later than March 1, 2021.

General Responsibilities
*Working with the Journal’s Associate Editors, Editorial Board Members, and the ACG, the Editor-in-Chief’s primary responsibilities will include overseeing the peer review of Journal content, encouraging the submission of original high‐quality manuscripts, working with the College and publisher to create and implement Journal strategy, and assisting in the selection of new Editorial Board members as necessary.
*The Editor-in-Chief is responsible for carrying out the editorial policies established by the College but leads the editorial vision of the Journal in line with the College’s mission statement.
*Evaluate submitted articles in a timely manner to ensure the delivery of high-quality editorial content in accordance with issue publication schedules.
*Establish and maintain the scientific standards and reputation of the Journal and ensure uniformity of scientific and Journal standards across all Journal content.
*Recruit Associate Editor and Editorial Board Members and submit nominations to the Society for approval.
*Actively promote the Journal and encourage the submission of manuscripts, recruit manuscripts at conferences, invite editorials, and organize Special Issues.
*Identify emerging areas of importance and solicit papers for submission.
*Write editorials that discuss issues pertinent to the ACG and its constituents.
*Work with the editorial office on the day-to-day editorial management of AJG and the peer-review process.
*Seek advice from Associate Editors and Editorial Board members to settle disputes from authors or reviewers.
*Lead editorial board meetings twice a year, and hold regular meetings with the Associate Editors to discuss manuscript decisions and ethical violations including plagiarism, duplicate submissions, and conflicts of interest.
*Review editorial and publisher’s reports and present statistics to the Publications Committee and Board of Trustees.

Tenure
This 3-year appointment will begin July 1, 2021, and shall be eligible for reappointment for one additional term for a maximum terms as Editor for six years. There will be a 3-month transition period with the current editors. The incoming Editor-in-Chief will be responsible for all content beginning with the January 2022 issue of the Journal. The Editor-in-Chief will receive a stipend for their work.

Requirements
The Editor-in-Chief must have a MD or DO degree with an extensive record of significant scientific research and publication, be an active member of the ACG, and have a thorough understanding of the publication process. Experience as an editor or editorial board member is desirable with a capacity to administer content for a large journal. Specialization in internal medicine and subspecialty boards in gastroenterology are mandatory. As the principal ambassador for and public face of the Journal, the applicant will have broad interests in gastroenterology, project management skills, strong written and oral communication skills, and be able to dedicate significant time to the Journal.

To be considered for the position, applicants must submit the following items along with a complete application form.
*A letter of interest that also details the applicant’s experience with publishing, reviewing, and authoring scientific papers.
*A current curriculum vitae.
*Three current letters of reference.
*A completed ACG Conflict of Interest Statement Form.
*A Vision Statement that includes an evaluation of the current Journal with recommendations for future developments. The evaluation should include current article content, adherence to the stated scope, organization and design, website features, and policies. The statement should not exceed 3,000 words.

Applications will be considered independently, but candidates may suggest another applicant who they can pair up with to ensure complete, expert coverage of the field.

Please submit an application and supporting documents by March 1, 2021 through the online form at www.gi.org/AJGEIC. Questions can be directed to the Managing Editor, Claire Neumann (cneumann@gi.org).
  • A succinct letter of interest detailing the applicant’s experience with publishing, reviewing, and authoring scientific papers.
  • You may upload the letter here or direct your reference to send it to cneumann@gi.org
  • You may upload the letter here or direct your reference to send it to cneumann@gi.org
  • You may upload the letter here or direct your reference to send it to cneumann@gi.org
  • http://gi.org/wp-content/uploads/2020/12/AJG-COI-Form.pdf

    Please complete the ACG Conflict of Interest Statement Form. This form can either be uploaded here or sent to the Managing Editor, Claire Neumann at cneumann@gi.org.
  • A vision statement of 3000 words or less for the future of the American Journal of Gastroenterology
  • Deadline

    Please complete this application online by March 1, 2021. Do not email or send your application through the postal service. If you have any queries, please email the Managing Editor, Claire Neumann at cneumann@gi.org.