The Journal of Orthopaedic Research Seeks Editor in Chief

The Orthopaedic Research Society (ORS) owned Journal of Orthopaedic Research (JOR) is seeking applicants to serve as its next Editor in Chief for a five year term beginning March 2024. JOR was established as a peer reviewed journal and has, for almost 40 years, been featuring monthly issues that encompass original articles, reviews and editorials from the orthopaedic research community, worldwide. The journal features high quality reports of new information on the full spectrum of orthopaedic research, including life sciences, engineering, translational, and clinical studies. JOR is included in major bibliographic databases including PubMed, MEDLINE, Scopus, and Web of Science, and has a current impact factor of 3.49. The ideal Editor in Chief will be able to develop editorial visions and strategies for the journal as well as update its scope, content and thematic selection.

The successful candidate(s) will use their vision and leadership to feature highly impactful, peer reviewed contributions (original articles, invited and uninvited reviews, editorials and special issues) from the orthopaedic and musculoskeletal community in JOR. This/these candidate(s) will manage the acquisition of manuscripts and oversee the peer review process, appoint, and direct the activities of the associate editors and editorial board members. The next Editor(s) in Chief will also be expected to work in close partnership with the society’s publisher, Wiley, to prioritize content for timely production schedules, optimize quality control as well as facilitate successful editorial office procedures, ensure that scientific publishing practices and the highest standards of ethics are implemented.

Job description:

  1. Strategically establishing an editorial program that represents the scope, mission and values of JOR and its contributors.
  2. Monitoring the scientific excellence, timeliness, and impact of the journal.
  3. Addressing issues of scientific misconduct in accord with the journal’s scientific misconduct policy. Ensuring the integrity of research published in the journal, promptly flagging potential ethical issues to the Publisher.
  4. Organizing and leading Editorial Board meetings in collaboration with the publisher.
  5. Establishing appropriate editorial policies for content review and assignments to associate editors and adopting an adequate acceptance rate for the journal in concertation with the publisher.
  6. Upholding and maintaining an unbiased peer-review process ensuring that every submission worthy of consideration is reviewed, potentially revised and a decision is provided in a timely manner for a final publication.
  7. Soliciting invited reviews, commentaries and guest editorials.
  8. Recruiting, selecting, and managing Associate Editors and Editorial Board Members, and periodical refreshing/diversification of members.
  9. Regularly communicating with the editorial board and overseeing editorial board member performance.
  10. Using available editorial management tools to submit all materials to the publisher for each issue.
  11. Selecting issue content in a timely fashion to meet production deadlines.
  12. Hosting editorial team and editorial board meetings, preparing and disseminating editorial team and board reports.
  13. Networking and advocating on behalf of the journal within the community.
  14. Regularly reporting to the Society’s Publication Advisory Board and through them to the ORS Board of Directors.


  1. Be an Orthopaedic Research Society member in good standing.
  2. Have an established national and international reputation as an opinion leader and respected member of the scientific community.
  3. Outstanding interpersonal skills with established basic computer literacy is a must.
  4. Exceptional organizational skills with the ability to lead and motivate a team of collaborators are necessary.
  5. Established track record in musculoskeletal and/or orthopaedic research publishing, with a proven editorial board and reviewers history.
  6. Basic understanding of online manuscript submission, with online editorial management is highly recommended.

Interested candidates should submit:

  • A letter of interest with motivation points and documented editorial experience.
  • An up-to-date curriculum vitae.
  • An editorial statement summarizing their vision of JOR and qualifications for the EIC job.

Search will close on October 15, 2022.

Qualified candidates are encouraged to electronically submit complete applications.

Questions? Please contact Amber Blake at [email protected].