ASES seeks an Editor-in-Chief of the Journal of Shoulder and Elbow Surgery

The American Shoulder and Elbow Surgeons (ASES), a professional medical association, seeks an Editor-in-Chief (“EIC”) of the Journal of Shoulder and Elbow Surgery (JSES) for its JSES Family of Journals. The EIC will lead one of the most prestigious sub-specialty journals in orthopaedics.

The Opportunity


The Editor-in-Chief (EIC) will provide editorial direction for JSES, the main Journal of the American Shoulder and Elbow Surgeons, by selecting editors and other key staff, providing guidance, and defining editorial goals. The EIC will review and evaluate manuscripts to ensure scientific integrity and originality, select a large and diverse pool of qualified reviewers who can conduct fair and timely reviews of manuscripts, and oversee the submission of manuscripts and final acceptance decisions. The EIC will ensure the quality, relevance, and integrity of content and will protect and strengthen the integrity and quality of JSES and its processes, policies, and procedures. EIC will interface with the Executive Publisher and publishing staff to meet the current and to establish future needs of the publication and will set and pursue short- and long-term goals to ensure viability of JSES. The EIC will also work with the Executive Editor of the JSES Family of Journals, who will serve and assist the EIC with JSES.

JSES has been published since 1991, beginning with 6 issues/year. It went to 8 issues/year in 2010 and 12 issues/year in 2012. It also publishes special issues on an ad hoc basis. JSES has been indexed with an Impact Factor since the mid-1990s. Its Impact Factor has steadily risen since that time, ranking it in the top 20 orthopaedic journals world-wide.

Major Responsibilities


The EIC will have editorial responsibilities which include:
  • Develop a team of editors, consisting of 1) Deputy International Editor, 2) Associate Editors, including Basic Science Editor(s) and Review Article Editor(s), 3) Managing Editor(s),
  • 4) Assistant Editors or Primary Reviewers, and 5) Statistical Editor
  • Review all manuscript submissions and assign an Associate Editor and Reviewers to each clinical paper. Transfer editing responsibility on basic science papers to the Basic Science Editor(s), who assign reviewers for those papers.
  • Make final decisions on all primary papers, after receiving decision recommendations from Associate Editors and Basic Science Editors and reviewing them.
  • Review all revision papers and make final decisions, often with consultation with Associate Editors and the Deputy International Editor.
  • Do final copy editing of all accepted papers after receiving final PDFs from the Publisher.
  • On a monthly basis, the Editor-in-Chief reviews the “traffic book” of accepted articles and selects articles for the forthcoming issue(s) and how each issue will be arranged in terms of order of the articles.
  • Write editorials for issues on an ad hoc basis.
  • Prepare reports to be presented to the JSES Board of Trustees and the ASES Executive Committee on twice-yearly basis.
  • The JSES Editor-in-Chief will work closely with the Executive Editor of the JSES Family of Journals who will oversee all JSES journals and assist the Editor-in-Chief and serve as a deputy editor of JSES
  • The EIC will also deal, as needed, with the Managing Editor on an almost daily basis; with the publisher’s representative on an as-needed basis; and with author and reviewers’ complaints and queries.

Reporting Relationship


For all editorial matters, including annual performance evaluation, the Editor-in-Chief will report to the Executive Editor. For business and financial operations, the Editor-in-Chief reports to the JSES Board of Trustees.



The ideal candidate will possess the following qualifications:
  • An MD, MD/PhD, or DO with distinguished academic credentials, background, and experience
  • Clinical training and robust clinical experience. Board certified in orthopaedic surgery. Preferably some experience in both clinical care and management of clinical programs.
  • Demonstrated track record of academic and clinical excellence, including faculty research, teaching experience, and consistent activity in clinical medicine. Current or prior academic appointment at the Professorial level.
  • Understands the competitive landscape and can anticipate and articulate the critical issues, opportunities, and threats in the foreseeable future.
  • Editorial experience as an editor or member of the editorial board of a well-regarded medical journal. Advanced editing skills and editorial judgment required.
  • Experience conducting research on topics of clinical relevance (measured by readership), respected in the field (measured by citations), and published in top orthopaedic journals (JSES, JBJS, CORR, AJSM, Arthroscopy).
  • Demonstrates cultural sensitivity and a commitment through past experience, activities, and future plans to advance diversity, equity, and inclusion.
  • Demonstrated ability to effectively manage complex, high-profile issues and problems, and to navigate conflict, prioritize multiple competing demands and collaborate with a broad range of stakeholders.
  • A values-driven leader with high emotional intelligence, character, and an ability to inspire and motivate others.
  • Communicates naturally, frequently, and effectively.

Compensation and Equal Opportunity


Based on importance of this position, the American Shoulder and Elbow Surgeons will offer an attractive compensation package commensurate with experience.

The American Shoulder and Elbow Surgeons is an Equal Opportunity Employer.

Application Process


To be considered for the position please submit your CV and 2 letters of recommendation to William J. Mallon, MD, JSES Executive Editor, at by March 1, 2022.
ASES shall provide equal employment opportunity to all qualified candidates, and will refer candidates without regard to race, color, religion, national origin, sex, age, disability, veteran status, or any other legally protected basis.
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