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Call for Candidates for Editor-in-Chief in All Scientific Areas

The Journal of the American Society of Echocardiography (JASE) -the official journal of the American Society of Echocardiography- brings physicians and sonographers the very latest clinical, scientific, legal, and economic information regarding the use of cardiovascular ultrasound. JASE is published monthly, and its original, peer-reviewed articles cover conventional procedures as well as newer clinical techniques, such as transesophageal echocardiography, intraoperative echocardiography, and intravascular ultrasound. JASE has a 2014 Impact Factor of 4.056, and publishes papers from authors who span the globe.

About the American Society of Echocardiography (ASE)

As the largest global organization for cardiovascular ultrasound imaging, ASE is the leader and advocate in setting practice standards and guidelines.  Comprised of over 16,000 physicians, sonographers, nurses, and scientists, ASE is a strong voice providing guidance, expertise, and education to its members with a commitment to improving the practice of ultrasound and imaging of the heart and cardiovascular system for better patient outcomes.

The current Editor-in-Chief of JASE is retiring at the end of 2017, and the search is underway for the exceptional person who will take on leading JASE’s editorial efforts.  The main areas of focus for the Editor-in-Chief are to:

  • Provide the editorial direction and vision of the journal consistent with the mission and strategic goals of ASE.
  • Manage the overall peer review process that includes assigning manuscripts to reviewers and making the final acceptance and rejection decisions.
  • Select Associate Editors and Editorial board members in the needed areas of expertise for the Journal.
  • Speaking and leveraging opportunities to enhance the impact of JASE, for example, by developing supplemental issues on specific topics.
  • Serving as the spokesperson for JASE Editorial issues on the public stage.
  • Understanding of the business aspects of the Journal to keep current with other medical journals to remain solvent and to expand its capacity to underwrite the organization’s mission-based activities.

Assumptions for Editor-in-Chief:

  • Is passionate about the Society’s mission and vision. Candidates do not need to have been a past member of ASE (but once appointed, membership is expected). An “FASE” (Fellow of the American Society of Echocardiography) is preferred, but if an applicant does not already have the FASE designation, it is expected that he/ she would have the qualifications to apply for and receive it (ASEcho.org/FASE).
  • Has the energy, vision, commitment, and open-mindedness to actively engage in identifying new strategies to grow the Society’s role and influence on the global stage.
  • Has a strong reputation for fairness, integrity, professionalism, equanimity, and good judgement.
  • Has the capacity and time to devote to the Journal’s work.

Criteria for Editor-in-Chief:

  • Real-time experience and responsibility for research, education, and advocacy relevant to the various activities and mission of the ASE membership.
  • Strong background and writing skills in scientific communications relevant to the ongoing and future interests of the echocardiography field as well as the Society’s members.
  • Broad knowledge of a variety of areas in the field of echocardiography.
  • Will be able to devote, on average, 30-50% of work time to journal activities.
  • Familiarity with Internet technology trends and ability to leverage the technical environment of the online world.

Terms and Compensation:

  • The Editor-in-Chief reports to the ASE Board of Directors, with direct oversight from the Society’s Executive Committee.
  • The Editor-in-Chief is appointed for a three-year term that will begin on January 1, 2018, but will have an integral role in JASE for the six months prior to this date during the transition period. There is the possibility of re-appointment for an additional two years and then another five-year term.
  • Compensation is available for this position at an amount determined by the Society’s Executive Committee and Finance Committee. It will be at an appropriate range for a clinical medical journal of its size, subscription volume, and impact factor.

Application Procedure:

  • Applications are due by July 1, 2016.
  • Included should be a CV along with two reference letters, one internal and one from outside one’s institution. Also included should be a narrative statement (three-pages at the most), addressing the listed criteria, the strengths the candidate brings to this role, the personal interest in seeking this key position within the Society, and the candidate’s capacity to handle the position.
  • The pool of candidates will be narrowed down, and those chosen for an on-site presentation will be notified by the end of July. Presentations will take place in late October, 2016 in Chicago, Illinois. Candidates will be expected to be available for about a half day at this time to make a presentation and answer questions.
  • Candidates chosen to give presentations will need to offer a letter from their institution which shows the appropriate administrators will embrace the candidate accepting the position with its expected level of time commitment.

Please submit applications and direct any questions to Deborah R. Meyer, JASE Managing Editor, at dmeyer@asecho.org.