Editors-in-Chief Request for Applications

Become the next editor-in-chief of an AGA publication.

AGA invites applications for new editors-in-chief (EICs) of its journals Gastroenterology, and Clinical Gastroenterology and Hepatology (CGH), and its newspaper GI & Hepatology News (GIHN).

Although each volunteer position is a five-year term, the job requirements and responsibilities for each publication vary. Learn more about each publication and position and apply using the buttons below.

Application due dates

Applications for GI & Hepatology News are due on Feb. 1, 2021.

Applications for Gastroenterology and CGH are due on April 1, 2021.

Gastroenterology

Published since 1943, Gastroenterology is one of the top journals  in  gastrointestinal  and liver diseases; its 2019 impact factor is 17.373. The journal is ranked among the top biomedical journals and delivers up-to-date and authoritative coverage of both basic and clinical gastroenterology and hepatology research.

The EIC works cooperatively with the board of editors, AGA staff, AGA Institute Publications Committee and publishing partner, Elsevier, to establish and maintain the highest standards of quality for the content and physical appearance of the journal. He or she will serve as the journal’s voice to various internal and external audiences, including the media, and will help Gastroenterology increase its readership by providing direction for the editorial content.

The current board of editors consists of two EICs — one focused on clinical research and one focused on basic research. This RFA will accept either a single applicant or co-EICs.

  1. Direct the peer-review process in the following ways:
    • Assign new manuscripts to associate editors (AEs) via the online manuscript management system.  
    • Lead a weekly conference call with the board of editors to discuss and approve preliminary decisions. The EIC retains final authority over and responsibility for those decisions.  
    • Work with AGA staff to ensure that the peer review processes are efficient and fair and journal policies are enforced.  
    • Be alert for and, in cooperation with AGA staff, manage violations of ethical policies including plagiarism, duplicate submission/publication and failure to disclose relevant conflicts of interest.  
  2. Field personally or triage as necessary to the board of editors and AGA staff all incoming communications related to journal content and publication policies or decisions. (Communications received by AGA staff will likewise be referred to the editor or others as appropriate).  
  3. Develop the table of contents for each issue.  
  4. In cooperation with AGA staff:
    • Participate in any exercises initiated by AGA staff to change the physical quality, style and appearance of the journal. All design modifications must align with the AGA brand policy.  
    • Suggest and evaluate new initiatives related to content (type and delivery), policies and practices.  
    • Develop the budget for the EIC’s onsite editorial office.  
  5. Attend all publications committee meetings (there are two in-person meetings, one at Digestive Disease Week® (DDW) and one in September, and teleconferences as needed).  
  6. Appoint an appropriate number of qualified associate, section and biostatistical editors (duties as described previously) and coordinate their activities, and recommend editorial board members.  
  7. Lead annual board of editors meeting at DDW to review journal metrics and the publisher’s report and to discuss future initiatives.  
  8. In cooperation with editorial staff and the medical illustration and graphics team, develop the content and concept for each month’s cover.  
  9. In cooperation with AGA staff and editors of other AGA journals, select two fellows annually to receive training and mentorship on journal operations, as well as scientific publishing in general.   

Applicants must demonstrate an outstanding record of scientific achievement as evidenced by publications and professional activities and possess a comprehensive understanding of biomedical publication issues and processes, to include online submission, review and publication. Experience in the operation of a scientific journal as an EIC or AE is desirable.

It is anticipated that the new EIC will be located at an academic institution and will hold a full-time, nationally and internationally recognized position (e.g. professor faculty-equivalent and/or major administrative leadership position). 

The new EIC will serve a five-year term from July 1, 2022, to June 30, 2027, and will receive a $40,000 annual honorarium.

See complete job description for additional responsibilities and requirements.

To be considered for this position, applicants should provide the following by April 1, 2021:

  1. A current curriculum vitae.
  2. A completed AGA Institute Potential Conflict of Interest Disclosure Statement.
  3. A summary of how you would ensure relevance of Gastroenterology to AGA constituencies, including clinical investigators, clinicians and trainees (not to exceed two pages).
  4. The specific objectives you want to achieve over the duration of your term (not to exceed two pages).
  5. Strategies to increase readership, reputation and impact factor (not to exceed two pages).
  6. Your approach to maintaining the quality, accuracy and fairness of the review process (not to exceed two pages).
  7. An evaluation of Gastroenterology’s current content, organization, physical appearance and policies, along with recommendations for change, if any (not to exceed three pages).
  8. A description of the current issues facing the field of scientific publishing and how those issues might affect Gastroenterology (examples include pre-print servers, the push for open access business models, transparency, alternative metrics to the impact factor, predatory publishers, etc.) (not to exceed two pages)
  9. A description of the number and type of associate, section and biostatistical editors deemed necessary, and the specific people planned for these positions, along with their areas of interest and the institutions with which they are affiliated. It is vital that the board of editors reflects the makeup of the GI community. To that end, and to align with AGA’s efforts around diversity, equity and inclusion, we strongly encourage you consider the gender, race, ethnicity, and geographic location of the individuals you select for your board. For more information on the demographic breakdown of the GI community contact Chris Lowe, clowe@gastro.org.  Biosketches of each editor must be included. The application should include letters of interest/commitment from the appointees. Please note that your proposed AEs must comply with the AGA’s conflict of interest policy — that is to say, they cannot serve on the boards of editors of competing journals or have co-existing major leadership positions in other major gastroenterology-related organizations. Please take this into consideration when you are selecting your AEs.
  10. A budget for your office expenses.
  11. Your vision for how the AGA journals (Gastroenterology, CGH, CMGH and TIGE) can work collaboratively (not to exceed one page).
  12. Any other information you deem appropriate.

Any questions should be directed to Christopher Lowe, managing editor, Gastroenterology, clowe@gastro.org, 301-941-9782.

Clinical Gastroenterology and Hepatology

CGH is the go-to resource on a broad spectrum of themes in clinical gastroenterology and hepatology and publishes among the best original research in the field. It is ranked 10th out of 88 journals in the gastroenterology and hepatology category and its 2019 impact factor is 8.549.   

The EIC works cooperatively with the board of editors, AGA staff, AGA Institute Publications Committee and its publishing partner, Elsevier, to establish and maintain the highest standards of quality for the content and physical appearance of the journal. He or she will serve as the journal’s voice to various internal and external audiences, including the media, and will help CGH increase its readership by providing direction for the editorial content.  

  1. Direct the peer-review process in the following ways:
    • Assign new manuscripts to associate editors (AEs) via the online manuscript management system.  
    • Lead a weekly conference call with the board of editors to discuss and approve preliminary decisions. The EIC retains final authority over and responsibility for those decisions.  
    • Work with AGA staff to ensure that the peer review processes are efficient and fair and journal policies are enforced.  
    • Be alert for and, in cooperation with AGA staff, manage violations of ethical policies including plagiarism, duplicate submission/publication and failure to disclose relevant conflicts of interest.  
  2. Field personally or triage as necessary to the board of editors and AGA staff all incoming communications related to journal content and publication policies or decisions. (Communications received by AGA staff will likewise be referred to the editor or others as appropriate).  
  3. Develop the table of contents for each issue.  
  4. In cooperation with AGA staff:
    • Participate in any exercises initiated by AGA staff to change the physical quality, style and appearance of the journal. All design modifications must align with the AGA brand policy.  
    • Suggest and evaluate new initiatives related to content (type and delivery), policies and practices.  
    • Develop the budget for the EIC’s onsite editorial office.  
  5. Attend all publications committee meetings (there are two in-person meetings, one at Digestive Disease Week® (DDW) and one in September, and teleconferences as needed).  
  6. Appoint an appropriate number of qualified associate, section and biostatistical editors (duties as described previously) and coordinate their activities, and recommend editorial board members.  
  7. Lead annual board of editors meeting at DDW to review journal metrics and the publisher’s report and to discuss future initiatives.  
  8. In cooperation with editorial staff and the medical illustration and graphics team, develop the content and concept for each month’s cover.  
  9. In cooperation with AGA staff and editors of other AGA journals, select two fellows annually to receive training and mentorship on journal operations, as well as scientific publishing in general.   

Applicants must demonstrate an outstanding record of scientific achievement as evidenced by publications and professional activities and possess a comprehensive understanding of biomedical publication issues and processes, to include online submission, review and publication. Experience in the operation of a scientific journal as an EIC or AE is desirable.

It is anticipated that the new EIC will be located at an academic institution and will hold a full-time, nationally and internationally recognized position (e.g. professor faculty-equivalent and/or major administrative leadership position). 

The new EIC will serve a five-year term from July 1, 2022, to June 30, 2027, and will receive a $25,000 annual honorarium.

See complete job description for additional responsibilities and requirements.

To be considered for this position, applicants should provide the following by April 1, 2021: 

  1. A current curriculum vitae. 
  2. A completed AGA Institute Potential Conflict of Interest Disclosure Statement.  
  3. A summary of how you would ensure relevance of CGH to AGA constituencies, including clinical investigators, clinicians and trainees (not to exceed two pages). 
  4. The specific objectives you want to achieve over the duration of your term (not to exceed two pages).  
  5. Strategies to increase readership, reputation and impact factor (not to exceed two pages). 
  6. Your approach to maintaining the quality, accuracy and fairness of the review process (not to exceed two pages). 
  7. An evaluation of CGH’s current content, organization, physical appearance and policies, along with recommendations for change, if any (not to exceed three pages). 
  8. A description of the current issues facing the field of scientific publishing and how those issues might affect CGH (examples include pre-print servers, the push for open access business models, transparency, alternative metrics to the impact factor, predatory publishers, etc.) (not to exceed two pages) 
  9. A description of the number and type of associate, section and biostatistical editors deemed necessary, and the specific people planned for these positions, along with their areas of interest and the institutions with which they are affiliated. It is vital that the board of editors reflects the makeup of the GI community. To that end, and to align with AGA’s efforts around diversity, equity and inclusion, we strongly encourage you consider the gender, race, ethnicity, and geographic location of the individuals you select for your board. For more information on the demographic breakdown of the GI community contact Thoba Petrovic, tpetrovic@gastro.org.  Biosketches of each editor must be included. The application should include letters of interest/commitment from the appointees. Please note that your proposed AEs must comply with AGA’s conflict of interest policy — that is to say, they cannot serve on the boards of editors of competing journals or have co-existing major leadership positions in other major gastroenterology-related organizations. Please take this into consideration when you are selecting your AEs.  
  10. A budget for your office expenses.  
  11. Your vision for how the AGA journals (Gastroenterology, CGH, CMGH and TIGE) can work collaboratively (not to exceed one page). 
  12. Any other information you deem appropriate. 

Any questions should be directed to Thoba Petrovic, senior managing editor, CGH, tpetrovic@gastro.org, 301-941-9780.

GI & Hepatology News

GI & Hepatology News is a monthly newspaper that focuses on the needs of busy practitioners and physician investigators by serving as a one-stop resource for new developments in GI. 

GIHN is looking for a forward-thinking, enthusiastic individual who tracks breaking research and emerging trends to serve as its next editor. This position will not oversee the GIHN supplement, The New Gastroenterologist 

The EIC works cooperatively with the board of editors, Frontline and AGA staff to establish and maintain the highest standards of quality for the content, integrity and appearance of the newspaper. He or she will engage the readership of the newspaper by providing direction for the editorial content and suggesting innovative ways to enhance the quality, delivery and impact of the newspaper.  

  1. Stay current with the latest news and research in the fields of gastroenterology, hepatology and endoscopy and suggest hot topics to be covered in GI & Hepatology News. 
  2. Review and rate approximately 20 potential articles (typically sent in batches of three to four at a time) each month. Articles need to be reviewed promptly— comments must be returned within one business day of receipt. The editor may also suggest specific associate editors to provide additional review and insight, or outside experts to be contacted for commentary. The editor will retain final authority over — and responsibility for — the content that is ultimately published. 
  3. Coordinate the activities of the board of editors, to include assigning articles related to their area(s) of expertise for review and ensuring that they complete their duties in a timely and appropriate manner. 
  4. Work with Frontline’s editor to provide guidance on content (e.g., accuracy and appropriateness of headlines) and layout (e.g., organizing front page articles based on importance). 
  5. Review a proof of each issue and provide corrections within two business days. 
  6. Provide opinions regarding newspaper policies and procedures as needed. 
  7. Together with AGA staff:
    • Ensure that editorial processes and policies are efficient, fair and enforced. 
    • Establish specifications for the physical quality, style and appearance of the newspaper. 
    • Suggest and evaluate creative ideas related to content (type and delivery). 
    • Review select advertisements and sponsored supplements to ensure they align with the professional and educational reputation of the AGA. 
  8. Attend all publications committee meetings as an ex-officio member of the committee. 
  9. Lead the annual GI & Hepatology News board of editors meeting at DDW to review editorial operations, the publisher’s report and advertising revenue and to discuss future initiatives. 

The successful candidate will have experience identifying and promoting newsworthy content, as well as excellent judgment that expands the outstanding reputation of the newspaper and AGA. Familiarity with AGA and its priorities, activities and stances on important issues is ideal, preferably via past volunteer member experience with the association.  

Experience in medical, scientific or news-related publishing and board certification in gastroenterology and hepatology is required. The successful candidate must demonstrate an outstanding record of academic achievement as evidenced by publications and professional activities.  

The new EIC will serve a five-year term from Oct. 1, 2021, to Sept. 30, 2026, and will receive a $7,500 annual honorarium.  

See complete job description for additional responsibilities and requirements.  

To be considered for this position, applicants should provide the following by Feb. 1, 2021:

  1. A current curriculum vitae with relevant publishing-related activities highlighted.
  2. A completed conflict of interest form.
  3. A statement of views on the primary mission and audience(s) for GI & Hepatology News. This evaluation should include an assessment of the value of the newspaper to clinical researchers and practicing gastroenterologists.
  4. An evaluation of GI & Hepatology News’s current content, organization, physical appearance and policies, along with recommendations for change, if any.
  5. An evaluation for the current modes of content delivery and suggestions for new ones.
  6. Names and descriptions of a proposed board of editors comprising associate editors (including at least one in private practice and a section editor to oversee the “Perspectives” column), along with their areas of interest and the institutions with which they are affiliated. It is vital that the board of editors reflects the makeup of the GI community. To that end, and to align with AGA’s efforts around diversity, equity and inclusion, we strongly encourage you consider the gender, race, ethnicity, and geographic location of the individuals you select for your board. For more information on the demographic breakdown of the GI community contact Jillian Schweitzer, jschweitzer@gastro.org. The application should include letters of support/interest from the appointees that note their ability to quickly provide feedback on their assigned stories (typically within two business days). Please note that proposed associate editors must comply with the AGA’s conflict of interest policy — that is, they cannot serve on the boards of editors of competing publications. Please take this into consideration when selecting associate editors.
  7. Any other information you would like to include. Applicants are encouraged to contact GI & Hepatology News’ managing editor to obtain data to inform their application.

Any questions should be directed to Jillian Schweitzer, managing  editor,  AGA, jschweitzer@gastro.org, 301-272-1183.