Managing Editor, Journal of the International AIDS Society
About the IAS:
The International AIDS Society (IAS) leads collective action on every front of the global
HIV response through its membership base, scientific authority and convening power. Founded
in 1988, the IAS is the world’s largest association of HIV professionals, with members in more
than 170 countries. Working with its members, the IAS advocates and drives urgent action to
reduce the impact of HIV. The IAS is also the steward of the world’s most prestigious HIV
conferences: the International AIDS Conference, the IAS Conference on HIV Science, and the
HIV Research for Prevention Conference.
The IAS promotes and invests in HIV advocacy and research on key issue areas through our
strategic programmes, initiatives, and campaigns that advocate for urgent action to reduce the
global impact of HIV, including increased investment in HIV cure research; optimizing treatment
and care for infants, children and adolescents with HIV in resource-limited settings; preventing
and treating HIV-related co-infections; and expanding access to prevention, treatment and care
for key populations vulnerable to HIV acquisition – such as men who have sex with men, people
who inject drugs, sex workers and transgender people – including protecting their human rights
by combatting punitive laws and discriminatory policies.
More information on IAS can be found at www.iasociety.org.
Details of Employment:
The JIAS Managing Editor will be based in Geneva, Switzerland and report to the JIAS Executive
Editor. The position is open-ended and full-time to start as soon as possible.
Purpose of the Position:
With an impact factor of 5.553, the Journal of the International AIDS Society (JIAS) is an online,
open-access, peer-reviewed scientific journal serving the dissemination of essential and
innovative HIV-related research. JIAS welcomes submissions on HIV-related topics from across
all scientific disciplines, including but not limited to:
– Basic and biomedical sciences
– Behavioural sciences and epidemiology
– Clinical sciences
– Health economics and health policy
– Operations research and implementation sciences
– Social sciences and humanities
JIAS prioritizes submissions from operational research and implementation science as
publication of such material can provide valuable information on various algorithms for monitoring
and providing support for comprehensive, yet affordable and sustainable treatment, prevention
and care programmes in different contexts.
More information on JIAS can be found at www.jiasociety.org.
The incumbent will be responsible for the day-to day running of the journal including the editorial
process for manuscripts submitted to the journal, and liaising with Editors-in-Chief, Deputy Editors
and Editorial Board, as well as the publisher and other external partners to ensure high quality
and regular publications. Additionally, the incumbent will also be responsible for coordinating
The IAS is looking for a candidate who has experience working in or knowledge of the scientific
publishing industry, public health and HIV, and is able to quickly pick up new information, think
critically and creatively, and take initiative.
– Manage day-to-day workflows and editorial process for manuscripts submitted to the
journal including (but not limited to) peer review in line with the journal’s processes and
– Coordinate peer review, online publication, and launch of supplements, and adjudicate
any issues that arise throughout the process while ensuring strict adherence to timelines.
Serve as the primary liaison for Supplements Guest Editors, as well as publisher’s
production and marketing teams
– Support Deputy Editors in their handling of direct submissions to maintain speed and
excellence of the editorial process
– Oversee contract renewal and training of new Deputy Editors, rotate Deputy Editors as
needed and proactively maintain plans for Editor succession
– Liaise with and organize meetings, calls and written updates for Editors-in-Chief, Deputy
Editors, Editorial Board and publisher; manage relationships as appropriate
– Organize and facilitate capacity-building opportunities on scientific writing for authors.
Manage budget for educational activities, perform surveys to assess stakeholder
satisfaction and write reports for donors where relevant
– Stay abreast of and report on open access trends and developments, specifically related
to transformative agreements and the state of market and government policies around
open-access, both locally and globally
– Conduct research, reporting, monitoring, and analysis of the journal’s performance,
disciplines, and competitors
– Work with staff and Editors to assess, define, and oversee implementation of near and
long-term strategic plans of the journal
– Develop an annual strategic plan that outlines specific actions designed to increase goals
of publication, article usage and citations
– Supervise and mentor junior staff.
Perform any additional tasks requested by the JIAS Executive Editor or Director, HIV
Programmes and Advocacy.
– A PhD in a scientific, public health or relevant discipline is required.
– More than 3 years’ experience in scientific publishing of peer-reviewed journals; preferably
in HIV field
– More than 3 years’ experience in medical or public health research including writing
articles for publication in peer-reviewed journals and acting as a peer reviewer
– Experience in managing complex projects and work plans
– Mentoring or teaching experience would be advantageous