Publishing Integrity Analyst

Date: Nov 23, 2021

Location: Washington, 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 70+ high-quality peer-reviewed journals that cover the breadth of chemistry and allied fields, as well as a weekly magazine, peer reviewed books and reference works (ACS Reagents, ACS Guide to Scholarly Communications).


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

  • Editorial Services, charged with overseeing the editorial operations for our 700+ offices, developing and implementing policies and strategies to ensure that high quality peer review continues to be a cornerstone of ACS Publications, at scale,
  • Product Development, charged with overseeing author and reviewer products, including ChemRxiv, ACS’s Author and Reviewer Labs, the ACS Publishing Center, revenue generating Supplementary Covers, and our suite of for-fee authoring services,
  • Editorial Products and Partner Services, charged with developing products and services to support editorial stakeholders, including all editors within the ACS journals portfolio and partner journals; also houses the Publishing Integrity Office.


Position Summary & Accountabilities

As a member of the Publishing Integrity Office (PIO), the Publishing Integrity Analyst role is critical to upholding the scientific integrity of the ACS journals portfolio and maintaining trust of the peer review process. The Publishing Integrity Analyst must be dedicated to advancing diversity, equity, inclusion, and respect (DEIR) within the sciences.

ACS Publications has committed to several initial steps as part of a long-term plan to advance DEIR in chemistry and related sciences. This position works with journal editorial offices, Editorial Development, Marketing, and Production business units as well as other teams within Global Editorial Operations and across the Society to promote that initial framework and develop an actionable roadmap that enables sustained change.

In support of equitable and ethical research publication, ACS Publications observes high standards to ensure the expected ethical obligations of editors, authors, and reviewers are met. Working closely with editorial stakeholders, the Publishing Integrity Analyst will work to support the scalable investigation and resolution of ethical violations and allegations of misconduct.


This position reports to the Manager, Publishing Integrity Office. Core job responsibilities include:

Diversity, Equity, Inclusion, and Respect (DEIR) Initiatives (60-70%):

  • Provide strategic and operational support to DEIR initiatives underway and planned, including editor bias training and resource development, implementation of journal-specific diversity plans, and identification of harmful historical content.
  • Contribute to the development of inclusive and equitable policies and practices, including oversight of the Author Name Change Policy.
  • Working with the ACS Office of DEIR and Council on DEIR, coordinate DEIR efforts across the Publications Division and ensure they are in alignment with Society goals.
  • Support transparency and accountability with the community, including maintaining the DEIR page(s) in the ACS Publishing Center and contributing to public progress reports.
  • With the Manager, Publishing Integrity Office, liaise with outside organizations and publishers to advance DEIR in the scholarly communications industry.


Publication Ethics Case Management (30-40%):

  • Review, investigate, and work with stakeholders to resolve potential ethical violations in accordance with ACS Ethical Guidelines, business policies, and Committee on Publication Ethics (COPE) guidelines. Specific instances might be related to plagiarism, authorship, conflicts of interest, image manipulation, peer review ethics, editorial misconduct, problematic language, and/or data reproducibility.
  • Provide effective and tactful consultation to Editorial Development staff, Editors, and editorial office support, providing recommendation and suggested language when appropriate.
  • Facilitate ethics-related corrections and retractions as necessary.
  • In collaboration with other PIO members, maintain best practice documentation and resources for staff.


Education, Experience and Technical Requirements

  • BA/BS degree or equivalent combination of education, certifications, and experience in areas of related discipline. Minimum of 5 or more years of relevant experience.
  • Demonstrated problem-solving and critical-thinking competencies.
  • Sound independent judgment and decision-making abilities.
  • Excellent written, verbal, and interpersonal communication skills.
  • Experience working with web-based applications, in particular applications that support online submission and the peer review process.
  • Experience working with internal tracking and/or ticketing systems.
  • Experience in scholarly publishing preferred.
  • Knowledge of chemistry or related scientific disciplines is a plus.


 Position location: ACS Headquarters in Washington, DC. Consideration may be given to remote candidates as well as those who would work out of other ACS offices – such as Columbus, OH, or in Oxford, UK.

10-15% travel is required, some international.

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

ACS offers a competitive salary and comprehensive benefits package, including a generous vacation plan, medical, dental, vision insurance plans, and employee savings and retirement plans.  Candidates for this position must be authorized to work in the United States and not require work authorization sponsorship by our company for this position now or in the future. 




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