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BMJ is looking for the next Editor-in-Chief who will continue to shape Thorax as one of the world’s leading respiratory journals, prioritising originality, rigour and excellence.

The successful candidate will appoint and lead the editorial team,  and actively promote and strengthen the journal whilst upholding the highest standards across the journal’s editorial policies and professional practice. You will recognise the need to engage the journal’s audiences at all levels, develop its print and online content, and extend its reach.

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About the role

As Editor-in-Chief, your overall responsibility will be for the content and strategy of the journal, with support from an appointed editorial team and BMJ publishing staff. The successful candidate will have stature in the field of respiratory medicine, a distinguished publication record, and experience of working in a senior editorial role on an academic journal.

The Editor-in-Chief is appointed by the journal’s co-owners and reports into the management committee. You should expect to spend the equivalent of one day per week on journal activities. The main responsibilities of the Editor-in-Chief include, but are not limited to:

  • Providing the highest possible quality of scientific content to augment the knowledge, impact and practice of clinicians involved in the field
  • Developing and maintaining an internationally relevant and coherent scientific strategy and vision for the journal
  • Building and maintaining a supportive team of highly qualified international colleagues to serve as members of the editorial board and reviewers
  • Encouraging submission of high-quality papers
  • Ensuring the integrity of the review process and providing guidance to authors, reviewers and editorial team members as appropriate
  • Developing procedures for effective triage and review of scientific manuscripts to ensure timely and excellent support is maintained for authors and reviewers
  • Adding value to the journal by commissioning editorials, reviews, educational material and online content
  • Supervising the journal’s response to appeals, complaints, suggestions from readers and ethical problems regarding published work
  • Overseeing the social media strategy for the title
  • Working collaboratively with the Editors of the companion journal, BMJ Open Respiratory Research to develop a joint content strategy and optimise article transfers


  • Competitive annual honorarium
  • Full training and support
  • Professional advice and guidance on all aspects of journal publishing
  • Membership of the Committee on Publication Ethics (COPE)
  • Attendance at the annual networking Editors’ Retreat hosted by BMJ in London
  • Free subscription to Thorax and exclusive access to BMJ content, including The BMJ and BMJ Learning
  • Interaction with the latest research from around the world
  • The chance to shape the field and play a role in the development of the specialty

Applicants need not be based in the UK, and international and joint applications are welcome. An excellent standard of written English will be required.
This is an independent contractor position and the term of office is five years.

To ensure a smooth transition it is envisaged that the new Editor-in-Chief will work alongside the current team for several months before taking up the post fully in August 2022.


How to apply

Please send a full CV and covering letter outlining your suitability for the role and your vision for the future of Thorax. Shortlisted candidates will be asked to provide a detailed analysis of the journal as part of the selection process.

Please email your application to: Henry Spilberg, Associate Publisher, BMJ Journals (, with the subject line ‘Thorax Editor Recruitment’.

Candidates may approach one of the current Editors-in-Chief for an informal discussion before making an application (Request this by emailing Henry Spilberg).
The deadline for applications is 17:00 BST on 31 May 2021. Interviews will be held remotely via videoconference in June/July 2021.

To find out more about this role, please get in touch

Henry Spilberg
Associate Publisher, BMJ Journals