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ASN Society News - December 18, 2018

Call for Applications: Kidney360 Editor-in-Chief

The American Society of Nephrology (ASN) seeks candidates for the position of Editor-in-Chief (EIC) of Kidney360. Kidney360 is a new addition to the ASN portfolio of journals and will be a global, peerreviewed, open access, online only, general kidney journal that aims to publish scientifically rigorous basic, translational, clinical, epidemiologic, health policy, population science, and global health kidney research. The first issue of Kidney360 will launch online in January 2020.

Candidates should possess wide knowledge of and broad experience in nephrology as well as a distinguished record of scholarly contributions. Candidates should also possess strong leadership qualities, intellectual vision, organizational abilities and experience relevant to editing a leading medical journal. The official term will start in mid-2019 and continue for six years through December 2025. Compensation will be provided.

The inaugural EIC of Kidney360 will be responsible for developing strategies to fulfill Kidney360's mission of facilitating timely and broad dissemination of meritorious kidney science. The EIC will be responsible for establishing Kidney360 as the leading open access platform for the publication and dissemination of impactful kidney science, as well as incorporating innovative publishing tools to maximize discourse around kidney science with all relevant stakeholders. The EIC will develop editorial initiatives that generate content representative of the full spectrum of high-quality work conducted worldwide in nephrology. The EIC will also ensure that the journal's activities are carried out in a fiscally responsible manner. The EIC oversees the Kidney360 manuscript submission and review process and is responsible for the content, quality, and timeliness of each issue of Kidney360, with support from the Managing Editor and Editorial Team. The EIC will develop Kidney360 editorial policies and procedures to align with the mission and scope of Kidney360 as outlined below.

The EIC recommends to ASN a team of deputy and associate editors to help administer the peer review process, promote excellence in content, and advance editorial initiatives.

The EIC reports to the ASN through the ASN Publications Committee.

The ASN Strategic Plan establishes the goal to increase diversity, including age, experience, ethnicity, geographic location, and gender in all areas of participation in the society. Letters of interest must be received by February 28, 2019. Candidates selected for in-person interviews with the ASN Publications Committee will be interviewed in late April 2019 at the ASN office in Washington, DC.

Detailed information

Mission: Our mission is to facilitate timely and broad dissemination of kidney science by offering rigorous and expeditious peer review and rapid open access publication. Kidney360 will be a global, peer-reviewed, open access, online only, general kidney journal that aims to publish scientifically rigorous basic, translational, clinical, epidemiologic, health policy, population science, and global health kidney research. Kidney360 will encourage authors to share data, detailed experimental protocols, and code and incorporate innovative publishing tools to maximize discourse on topics pertinent to the kidney science community.

Scope: Kidney360 will be a general interest kidney journal that includes content from all disciplines of kidney science. Kidney360 will consider a broad array of original investigations, meta-analyses, and reviews in domains including basic, translational, clinical, epidemiologic, health policy, population science, and global health research. Kidney360 will consider original investigation that contributes in a meaningful way to kidney science. Kidney360 recognizes that establishment of reproducibility across populations defined by different stages of disease or other characteristics, and presentation of robustly designed and adequately powered clinical trials with negative results can be important contributions; Kidney360 will therefore welcome submissions of manuscripts that contribute to reproducibility and manuscripts describing negative results. Kidney360 will also consider rigorous qualitative research, and research in the areas of quality improvement, patient safety, health systems performance, and health care value.

Specific duties include:

  1. Developing the general structure of the journal (Original research, editorials, reviews, perspectives, etc).
  2. Appointing deputy and associate editors (to be approved by the ASN Publications Committee and Council) and addressing performance issues. The editorial team (deputy and associate editors) should be comprised of ASN members with high stature and respect in the community, and with the technical expertise sufficient to oversee the content of submitted articles.
  3. Recruiting, selecting, and appointing Kidney360 editorial board members and addressing performance issues.
  4. Working collaboratively with the Managing Editor to establish, maintain, and update as necessary, the overall editorial policies of the journal.
  5. Setting goals to ensure that journal content meets the highest standards of excellence and regularly evaluating the journal's performance in this regard.
  6. Overseeing peer review, insuring that appropriate and well-defined procedures for timely review are unbiased and faithfully executed.
  7. Corresponding with authors, editors, reviewers and readers regarding peer review and/or manuscript decisions.
  8. Addressing issues of scientific misconduct in accord with the journal's scientific misconduct policy.
  9. Ensuring that metrics including, but not limited to, time from submission to first decision and time from acceptance to publications are aligned with the mission of Kidney360 to facilitate timely and broad dissemination of kidney science by offering rigorous and expeditious peer review and rapid open access publication.
  10. Adhering to the budget and financial structures set by ASN via its annual budget process. ASN is responsible for managing production, layout, printing, subscriptions, pricing, and funding initiatives for all society publications.
  11. Reporting to the ASN Publications Committee. The committee requires a formal report once a year in advance of its in-person meeting and informal updates as needed via regularly scheduled committee conference calls.
  12. Serving as an ex officio member of the ASN Publications Committee.
Application process
  • Interested individuals should submit an application package that includes
    • a curriculum vitae;
    • the names of three references;
    • a succinct letter of interest and qualifications, including addressing how the candidate will accommodate the time demands of editing the journal;
    • a vision statement; items of specific interest to the search committee include:
      • strategies to establish Kidney360 as a leading platform in the publication of kidney science.
      • ideas on how to best leverage the online open access platform to widen the reach of Kidney360 and to promote discourse around topics of interest to all relevant stakeholders
      • innovations in presentation of content;
      • ideas for increasing top-tier submissions; and
      • the general make-up and responsibilities of the editorial team (editor-in-chief, deputy editors, and associate editors), and
    • current and complete disclosure information in their ASN membership record
      All information should be submitted no later than February 28, 2019 by e-mail to Mr. Bob Henkel, ASN Director of Communications, bhenkel@asn-online.org.
      Before completing their vision statements, candidates are encouraged to contact:
      • Dr. Ziyad Al-Aly, Chair, ASN Publications Committee, (zalaly@gmail.com) for inquiries relative to ASN and its oversight of ASN publications;
      • Ms. Shari Leventhal, Acting Managing Editor, (sleventhal@asn-online.org) for inquiries about the peer review process; and
      • Mr. Bob Henkel, ASN Director of Communications (bhenkel@asn-online.org) for general information regarding the business of publishing the journal and for help projecting costs of any major innovations or programmatic changes they wish to propose.
  • The search committee members will review all applications and select several individuals for in-person interviews. Those not selected will be notified, and those selected will be invited to interview in person in late April 2019. Every effort will be made to keep the names of the first-round applicants confidential. The names of those selected for final interviews will be shared with members of the ASN Council.
  • After the final interviews the search committee will convene to determine their final recommendation, and provide that recommendation to the ASN council for review.
  • The candidates will be notified of the final decision.
  • The candidate selected will submit to the ASN Publications Committee a list of proposed Deputy and Associate Editors.