Director, Editorial Development

American Chemical Society
Washington D.C.
Based on experience
July 05 2019
Director, Editorial Development
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Director, Editorial Development

The Publications Division of the American Chemical Society (ACS) publishes a weekly magazine and over 50 high-quality scholarly journals focused on chemistry and chemistry-related topics. It thus provides to its members and the worldwide scientific community a comprehensive collection of high quality information products and services for the practice and advancement of the chemical sciences.  One key objective to achieve this mission is to develop, acquire, and publish high-quality editorial content in new and established publications that have brand recognition and appeal within attractive market segments. 

Unit Overview

Global Journals Development encompasses two major business units.  Global Journal Publishing, through its Publishers, is focused on the effective operations and strategic expansion of the suite of ACS Publication’s journals.  This team is expected to deliver new products on an annual and ongoing basis, based on their assessment of the existing portfolio relative to the research landscape.   They provide strategic guidance to ACS Editors-in-Chief to maximize the impact and success of the journals. Open Access is a core component of the strategic remit for the unit; it currently includes two high profile journals, and a substantial non-traditional revenue stream.  This part of the unit is expected to grow in prominence in the coming years. Editorial and Author Services is primarily focused on the overall operations related to more than 600 journal editors, and their editorial offices. This group oversees the effective implementation of the entire peer review process and is responsible for developing and implementing strategies to ensure this core competency upholds the quality and integrity standards expected of ACS journals.

The Global Journals Development group is the primary ACS editorial and business contact for journal Editors.  Prestigious Editors-in-Chief, located throughout the world, are responsible for providing editorial, scientific and strategic direction for the publications.  They ensure the quality of content published through a rigorous and customer centric peer review process.  Associate editors, also located throughout the world, support the Editors-in-Chief in the peer review process. These Editors all work with ACS provided editorial support to manage the flow of manuscripts and the numerous communications with authors and reviewers.  Each journal has an editorial board, with the full complement of editors and board members meeting annually, either at ACS national meetings or in another venue.   Robust submission of high-quality, uniformly prepared manuscripts ensures that ACS journals remain most trusted; most cited, most read. This offers opportunities for efficiencies in downstream publication and optimization of display and delivery of published content.  Global Journals Development are central to ensuring the Editors and Editorial direction of the journals are optimized of the good of the ACS.


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