Editor-in-Chief Search, The Anatomical Record

The Anatomical Record (AR) is one of three American Association for Anatomy (AAA) journals published by Wiley. The AR is a time-tested journal that has been continuously published since its first issue in 1906. The AR covers new discoveries in the morphological aspects of molecular, cellular, systems, and evolutionary biology. The Journal also focuses on major new findings in the anatomical consequences of gene disruption, activation, or over expression upon cell, tissue, or organ architecture and recognizes the importance of descriptive studies and “negative” studies in contemporary research, particularly when framed in the context of experimental models or questions.

AAA seeks a dynamic and visionary new Editor-in-Chief (EIC).

Application deadline extended to August 31, 2020.

The EIC will be appointed by the Board of Directors for a five-year period, renewable by mutual consent. The first term (2021-2026) will begin in January 2021 and will serve as a transition period with the current EIC. Candidates should have a Ph.D. and/or M.D. degree(s) and prior experience in editorial activities related to the Journal’s focus. The EIC is responsible for selecting the Associate Editors, who comprise the Editorial Board with the EIC, and members of the Board of Reviewers. The EIC is also responsible for promoting the Journal and proposing future directions for its content.

The position comes with a generous editorial office support budget and a stipend for the EIC and Associate Editors.



How to Apply

Candidates should submit a statement of interest, along with their curriculum vitae, and the names of three references to Shawn Boynes, Executive Director. The application deadline has been extended to August 31, 2020.

If you wish to nominate someone for consideration, please provide that person’s name and contact information, plus a brief statement of your reasons for the nomination.

Editor-in-Chief Job Description

A collegial working relationship will be established among the EIC, the Board of Directors, the Publications Committee, the Scientific Affairs Committee, the Executive Director, Wiley (the Publisher), and other Association staff. The duties and responsibilities of the Journal Editor shall include, but not be limited to, the following:

  • Solicit, evaluate, arrange for, and supervise the independent peer review of contributions and edit contributions to the Journal.
  • Prepare and deliver the Journal’s manuscripts and appropriate artwork within the agreed upon page allocation for the Journal and on time in accordance with a schedule set forth in advance by the Publisher. This includes any material prepared by the Editor or any articles or features accepted through the Editorial Board from contributors to the Journal.
  • Report to the Association’s Board of Directors and Publications Committee.
  • Submit to the Association an annual budget outlining in broad categories the projected allocation of funds to be provided by the Association or Publisher to the EIC.
  • Submit semi-annual editorial office and travel expense statements to the Association based on an annual calendar year budget agreed upon by the Association, after consultation with the Association’s Executive Director.
  • Meet with representatives of the Association, the Publication Committee, and the Publisher as necessary or requested, at least once per year, to discuss the scientific scope and content of, audience for, and any proposed significant revisions to the Journal, and any new developments in the field affecting the scope, content, and potential sales of the Journal.
  • With support from the Publisher’s production staff, maintain records, monitor Journal statistics, prepare and provide the Association with a semi-annual written report on the Journal’s editorial operations, and use these data to guide process improvements and recommendations.
  • Advise the Association and Publisher, as needed, concerning matters related to the design and regular production of issues of the Journal, promotion, and advertisement copy, and editorial or marketing plans for the Journal. Actively promote the Journal among colleagues and assist in marketing the Journal to a broad audience of authors and subscribers, including internationally.
  • Appoint and supervise the Associate Editors in specific sub-disciplines and any Board of Reviewers members appointed to the Journal and monitor the quality of their work. Act as arbiter in cases of controversy between authors, reviewers, or Associate Editors. Call and chair an annual meeting of the Associate Editors.