Vacancy: Editor-in-Chief

African Vision Research Institute (AVRI) intends to appoint an:

Editor-in-Chief (Optometry) for the journal, African Eye and Vision Health  

Job Vacancy
Part-Time Position
16 Hours Per Month

The Journal (www.avehjournal.org) is an open-access, interdisciplinary journal that has been published for almost 100 years, albeit with a different name over much of that time. In 2014, it was relaunched under the name of African Vision and Eye Health and as a collaborative journal between Ophthalmology and Optometry. The journal’s primary mandate is to publish original research, reviews, and case studies with an African and international focus. The journal also provides a source for discussion of developments in research and higher education that involve eye and vision science and public health related issues. 


There are two Editors-in-Chief (one for optometry and one for ophthalmology) and an Editorial Board consisting of Sub-Editors who together with the two Editors-in-Chief are responsible for managing peer review of submissions in their area/s of speciality. The Editors work with a publishing team consisting of a Managing Editor and an Online Publishing System (namely AOSIS). 


This part-time position requires a minimum number of hours (16) per month and candidates can be based in Africa or elsewhere. The commencement of editorship would be between July 2023 to January 2024. 


Role

The Editors-in-Chief have overall responsibility for the editorial content of the journal - both scope and quality. 

 

Primary Tasks

• Function as an ambassador and representative for the journal 

• Promote the short- and long-term strategies and aims of the journal 

• Maintain editorial and other policies together with the journal publisher 

• Coordinate with the publisher to enhance the global reputation of the journal 

• Interact with sub-editors and assign and oversee peer review workloads 

• Solicit original and review papers and other beneficial content such as case reports and book reviews 

• Approve papers and other contributions before publication 

• Act as arbiter on disputes, appeals and cases of unethical conduct and conflicts of interest that might involve authors and/or reviewers 

• Review reports pertaining to journal performance and metrics 

• Call and chair editorial meetings when necessary

 

Professional Attributes

• Established optometric researcher and academic with PhD (or equivalent) with a good publication record 

• Broad knowledge of the subject field, namely optometry 

• Previous editorial experience, specifically in a decision-making capacity

 

Personal Attributes

• Enthusiasm and high-motivation 

• Good leadership, time management skills and an effective communicator 

• Ability to work effectively with diversity in methodologies and views 

• Ability to embrace innovative technologies and future changes in scholarly publishing

Apply
Please submit the following to Prof. A Rubin at arubin@uj.ac.za


  • 1. A letter of application with personal contact details 
  • 2. An abridged Curriculum Vitae (CV) [include only the relevant information] 
  • 3. Contact details of two professional/academic references

Deadline for applications: 30 June 2023 

Correspondence will only occur with short-listed candidates. 
AVRI is an equal opportunity organisation that promotes diversity. 

  • For more information, contact Prof. A Rubin or the AVRI Research Manager, Dr Jyoti Naidoo 
  • at jyotinaidoo.avri@gmail.com