Managing Editor

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American Association for Thoracic Surgery Published: March 25, 2021
Boston, MA
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American Association for Thoracic Surgery (AATS)

Managing Editor

About AATS

The American Association for Thoracic Surgery (AATS) is an international organization of over 1,300 of the world's foremost cardiothoracic surgeons representing 36 countries. Founded in 1917, its members have a proven record of distinction within the specialty and have made significant contributions to the care and treatment of patients with cardiothoracic disease throughout the world. The AATS and its Graham Foundation (GF) strive to achieve the AATS mission of Promoting Scholarship, Innovation, and Leadership in Thoracic and Cardiovascular Surgery while holding to the AATS core values of Leadership, Scholarship, Mentoring, Excellence in Patient Care, Integrity and Professionalism.

Position Title

Managing Editor, AATS Scientific Publications

Position Summary

The Managing Editor manages the editorial office for two AATS Journals, providing professional management of manuscript submission and the review process, and provides targeted support of the AATS flagship publication, Journal of Thoracic and Cardiovascular Surgery. The Managing Editor supports the editorial development of the AATS Journals, and interacts in a positive, supportive manner with Editors, authors, potential authors, reviewers, illustrators, publisher, and others who have regular interactions with the editorial office.

Reports To

Director, AATS Scientific Publications

Duties and Responsibilities
The Managing Editor’s primary responsibilities include:

  • Assume a lead role in the editorial management of Operative Techniques in Thoracic and Cardiovascular Surgery and Seminars in Thoracic and Cardiovascular Surgery. The Managing Editor must ensure journal production schedules are met.
  • Work closely with the journal’s editors to provide support in determining editorial direction, evaluating, and improving content, and developing new areas or new types of content. Provide follow-through to ensure changes are implemented, integrating any new processes into back-office systems.
  • Responsible for day-to-day management of the manuscript submission and peer review processes.
  • Produce, analyze, and summarize reports of editor, reviewer, and author performance for the Director of Scientific Publications.
  • Manage manuscript flow to anticipate and prevent large article backlog or shortage.
  • Handle manuscript submissions via Editorial Manager
  • Serve as a liaison and troubleshooter for the Editorial Manager system; master each upgrade and communicate changes to the editors and staff in a timely fashion.
  • Interact with Editors daily to ensure timely movement of manuscripts out for review/acceptance.
  • Complete technical check on revised manuscripts for Journal of Thoracic and Cardiovascular Surgery.
  • Provide back up support for projects related to The Journal of Thoracic and Cardiovascular Surgery.
  • Manage, facilitate, and coordinate multiple onsite roundtable discussions annually, including: participant and moderator involvement and transcript edits, liaise between the publisher, sponsor (if any), and appropriate vendors for timely execution of agreed upon deliverables (ads, video files, transcripts, etc.).
  • Proofread issue proofs.
  • Draft annual reports of journal activities for two major meetings along with updating Editors and AATS staff activities quarterly.
  • Schedule and participate in Monthly Editor conference calls and onsite meetings as needed.
  • Interface with the Publisher regularly: provide requested marketing information; ensure editorial quality; suggest and coordinate marketing opportunities.
  • Track and submit invoices to journal publisher for reimbursement.
  • Project positive, helpful “customer service” approach in all dealings with journal Editor, Section Editors, authors, reviewers, and all other callers.

Professional Experience and Qualifications/Key Attributes

  • Bachelor’s degree required.
  • Minimum five years publishing experience, preferably in scholarly publishing with evidence of increasing responsibility.
  • Demonstrated knowledge of medical/scientific language and editorial processes.
  • Demonstrated knowledge with Editorial Manager
  • Strong managerial, organizational, and communication skills; proven ability to manage multiple deadlines.
  • Experience with MS Office, especially Excel.
  • Demonstrated proofreading skills; excellent grasp of grammar and style.
  • Experienced problem solver with the ability to satisfy all parties.

AATS is an equal opportunity employer committed to diversity in the workplace. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to gender, race, color, age, national origin, religion, disability, genetic information, marital status, sexual orientation, gender identity/assignment, citizenship, pregnancy or maternity, protected veteran status, or any other status protected by applicable national, federal, state or local law.

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