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 ( 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. 


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

Please submit the following to Prof. A Rubin at

  • 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 
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