Development Editor

Date: Feb 16, 2024

Location: Washington, DC, DC, US, 20036

Company: American Chemical Society

The American Chemical Society is the world’s largest scientific membership association and one of the top five scholarly publishers in the world. The Publications Division of the American Chemical Society provides to its members and the worldwide scientific community a comprehensive collection of high-quality information products and services for the practice and advancement of the chemical sciences. The Division publishes 80+ high-quality peer-reviewed journals that cover the breadth of chemistry and allied fields, as well as a weekly magazine, peer reviewed digital books and reference works (ACS Reagents, ACS Guide to Scholarly Communications).


Within the ACS Publications Division, the Global Editorial Operations team performs four main functions:

  • Editorial Services, charged with overseeing the editorial operations for 900+ offices, developing and implementing policies and strategies to ensure that high quality peer review continues to be a cornerstone of ACS Publications, at scale,
  • Researcher Products & Engagement, charged with overseeing author, reviewer, and editor products, including ChemRxiv, ACS’s Author and Reviewer Labs, the ACS Publishing Center, Editor Hub, revenue generating Supplementary Covers, and our suite of for-fee authoring services. The team is charged with developing products and services to support editorial stakeholders, including all editors within the ACS journals portfolio and partner journals.
  • Publishing Integrity Office, charged with overseeing publications ethics within the ACS portfolio, advancing Diversity, Equity, Inclusion, and Respect (DEIR) practices, and the development and management of data validation and standards.
  • ACS eBooks & eReferences, charged with publishing digital books and references which include ACS In Focus (digital learning primers), ACS eBooks (edited works on a focus topic), ACS Guide to Scholarly Communication (the definitive source for scholarly writing), and ACS Reagents (high-purity standards.)


Position Summary & Accountabilities


Reporting to the Manager, Publishing Integrity Office, the Publication Data and Ethics Manager will divide time between publication ethics case management and data analysis support. Ethics case management requires providing guidance and best practice information to internal stakeholders such as journal Editors and ACS staff. Data analysis support includes the development and enforcement of data policies and standards across ACS journal portfolio, including data validation, data deposition requirements, and data availability statements as well as data initiatives project based work.


Core job responsibilities include:


  • Assist with and provide vendor support for ethics case management.
  • Develop and provide documentation and resources to support editorial teams’ handling of ethics cases.
  • Help to monitor and develop tools to better identify and address unethical behavior within the publishing process.
  • Assist with training and monitoring of vendor staff that perform data analysis checks for ACS journals during the peer review process and update training documentation.
  • Respond to editor, reviewer, and author queries about data-reporting requirements and responsible for responding to inquiries received through the ACS Research Data email, ACS Data Help Desk, or escalating any data related questions.
  • Recommend and implement data requirements for journals and update Author Guidelines and the ACS Publishing Center as needed.



Education, Experience and Technical Requirements


  • Advanced Degree (M.S.), preferably in chemistry, or equivalent work experience; with 3+ years of relevant experience in an academic or industrial setting
  • Minimum 2 years of project management /leadership experience is preferred
  • Knowledge of organic compound nomenclature; Knowledge of basic crystallography or computational chemistry is a plus.
  • Familiarity with ACS Style Guide standards of chemical technical writing; familiarity with chromatographic, spectroscopic, and other standard methods used for isolating and characterizing organic compounds.
  • Competence with databases, email, Microsoft Office, SciFinder, and Web-based applications; familiarity with editing PDF files using Adobe Acrobat Pro.
  • Ability to interact expediently and diplomatically with an international customer base of authors and reviewers; some knowledge of scientific peer review would be preferred.
  • Demonstrated ability of project management and strategic thinking
  • Excellent interpersonal communications skills
  • Exceptional written and verbal communications skills
  • Up to 10 percent travel required


Position Summary


Travel is required, may include international.


ACS places a premium on employee growth and offers opportunities for training, continuing education, and industry networking opportunities.


Position location: This position will be primarily based in the Washington D.C. (or applicable) office. ACS employees work a hybrid work schedule, consisting of working onsite, three days per week. ACS employees are in the office on Tuesday and Wednesday with the third in-office day scheduled in consultation with the manager. While always welcome to work in the office, employees may work the other two days of the week from a location of their choice. New employees are immediately eligible for this hybrid work arrangement. ACS offers relocation assistance, if applicable.



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