The Nutrition Society

Editor-in-Chief of Journal of Nutritional Science (JNS)

The Nutrition Society
Central London, United Kingdom
29 days ago


Job Title:

Editor-in-Chief of Journal of Nutritional Science (JNS)

Reports To:       

Honorary Publications Officer


The Journal of Nutritional Science (JNS) is an international, peer-reviewed, online only, open access journal that welcomes high-quality research articles in all aspects of nutrition. The underlying aim of all work should be, as far as possible, to develop nutritional concepts - though the key criterion for acceptance is scientific soundness.. JNS encompasses the full spectrum of nutritional science including public health nutrition, epidemiology, dietary surveys, nutritional requirements, metabolic studies, body composition, energetics, appetite, obesity, ageing, endocrinology, immunology, neuroscience, microbiology, genetics, molecular and cellular biology and nutrigenomics. JNS is willing to consider studies reporting negative results, providing that they make a clear contribution to nutritional knowledge - such as by challenging current orthodoxy, or the inability to reproduce important recent findings. JNS welcomes Primary Research Papers, Brief Reports, Review Articles, Systematic Reviews, Perspectives, Workshop Reports, Letters to the Editor and Obituaries.

The day-to-day role of the Editor-in-Chief (EiC) involves overseeing the progress of submitted manuscripts, beginning with an initial assessment, through to final acceptance (or rejection); this task is shared with members of the Editorial Board. 

Most of the work is carried out online, and communication with the editorial team is generally by email. The time commitment is partly determined by the number of manuscripts submitted – which has been increasing rapidly -  but, overall, requires an average of around four hours per week.  The EiC will also serve on the Publications Committee of the Nutrition Society, which meets twice a year.

The Trustees of the Nutrition Society are seeking a new EiC who can further advance the Journal’s reputation, while maintaining its relevance to academia and nutritional science. Applications are invited from individuals with a distinguished record in research and publication; and the skills and experience to work actively with dedicated publications staff in the management of the Journal and the relationship with the publisher. The EiC will have an extensive knowledge of, and an established reputation in, the field of nutrition together with previous editorial experience.

Applicants need not be based in the UK.

Please see the links below to the Journal’s page on the Nutrition Society’s website, and online with Cambridge University Press.


1)      Leading all aspects of publication associated with maintaining JNS as a premier international journal

2)      Ensuring JNS maintains and develops its reputation to publish high level scientific content


1)     Editorial responsibility for the Journal and its scientific content and quality;

2)     Maintenance of a high level of quality in the editing process with respect to the scientific content, and application of ethical and scientific standards of objectivity;


1)     Work with the Cambridge University Press publications staff, the other journal editors, Nutrition Society staff, and Nutrition Society members to maintain and extend the reputation of the journal;

2)     Maintain and recruit, in conjunction with Cambridge University Press publications staff and Nutrition Society staff, a high-quality editorial board;

3)     Make decisions and provide feedback to authors in conjunction with Editorial Board;

4)     Have ultimate responsibility, working closely with Cambridge University Press publications staff, to maintain efficient operating standards and reasonable review times;

5)     Conduct and Chair the annual meeting of the Editorial Board, as appropriate;

6)     Maintain regular communications with individual members of the Editorial Board, the Nutrition Society staff and the Cambridge University Press publications staff;

7)     Prepare necessary reports for the Publication Committee;

8)     Attend the biannual 2-day Publications Committee and Publisher’s Business/Strategy meetings; and other meetings of the Publications Committee as and when required.




1)     Strong record of publications in the nutrition field in peer reviewed academic journals;

2)     Willing to engage with and support the publications staff;

3)     Able to function under pressure and to strict deadlines;

4)     Previous editorial experience, especially in a decision-making capacity;

5)     Member of the Nutrition Society.

1)     Tenured faculty member of an accredited University or Research Institute;

2)     International reputation in nutritional science



The Editor-in-Chief will serve a three-year term which is renewable for a second three-year term by mutual agreement with the Nutrition Society Trustees.

The Editor-in-Chief will receive an annual Honorarium.


Candidates interested in this position should prepare:

1)     A cover letter (maximum of one side of A4) outlining their interest in the position and priorities for JNS;

2)     A CV (maximum of four sides A4) that should include the following: a summary of the qualifications of the applicantprior editorial and/or publishing experience, and research in any areas of nutritional science.

Applications should be addressed to by the closing date: 30 November 2021

Job Information

  • Job ID: 59130178
  • Location:
    Central London, United Kingdom
  • Company Name: The Nutrition Society
  • Position Title: Editor-in-Chief of Journal of Nutritional Science (JNS)
  • Job Function: Professional Services

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