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Cancer Research UK Publications Committee - Call for committee members


London, UK


17 January 2018

Apply by

28 February 2018


We welcome expressions of interest from people with academic publishing or editorial experience who are interested in joining our new Cancer Research UK Publications Committee. The deadline for application is 28 February 2018.

About the opportunity

At Cancer Research UK, we fund visionary cancer research of the highest standard to achieve our ambitious mission of seeing at least 3 in 4 cancer patients surviving the disease by 2034.

The vision of the scientific publications strategy is to extend CRUK’s reputation for research excellence and innovation and to communicate the results of research to cure cancer sooner. Cancer Research UK owns the British Journal of Cancer and is exploring additional publishing options. We are now seeking applications to join the Publications Committee, which oversees the delivery of Cancer Research UK’s scientific publications strategy.

 If you apply, you will have the opportunity to:

  • shape the publishing strategy of Cancer Research UK
  • help us deliver our ambitious research strategy
  • work with other highly experienced world-leading experts in cancer research and publishing
  • support the work of the largest fundraising cancer research charity in the world and the largest funder of cancer research in Europe.


The Publications Committee will:

  1. Provide advice on the overall strategy for scientific publishing for CRUK.
  2. Provide oversight for the delivery of the scientific publishing strategy .
  3. Provide advice on the finances arising from scientific publishing.
  4. Approve the 3-5 year strategy for each journal while acknowledging that the Editor in Chief is responsible for the independent, day to day selection and peer review of editorial content.
  5. Monitor developments in the publishing environment and ensure that changes that will have a significant impact on CRUK are acted upon.
  6. Monitor the performance of each journal against objectives agreed by the Publishing Committee, Editor in Chief and Scientific Publications Manager.
  7. Ensure collaboration with other committees and departments within CRUK to ensure that cross-committee and cross-department opportunities are fully explored
  8. Ensure that adequate succession planning is in place for Editors in Chief. Recruit and advise a search committee for the appointment of the Editor in Chief of the British Journal of Cancer and any other future publications when required.
  9. Ensure that the scientific publications of CRUK have the highest level of research integrity.
  10. Support the development of new publishing products.

Positions available

There are two positions available.

Members with publishing expertise (2)

We welcome applications from publishing professionals who have some or all of these skills and experience:

  • Learned society or not-for-profit publishing experience
  • Experience of working with a commercial publishing partner
  • Experience of developing publishing strategy for an organisation
  • Experience of a variety of business models for publishing

We welcome and actively encourage applications from candidates from diverse backgrounds.

How to apply

If you would like to express an interest in the work of the publications committee, please email by 28 February 2018 with:

  • Cover letter (max 2 pages)
  • CV (max 4 pages)

Please include in your cover letter:

  • reasons for applying
  • experience in editorial or publishing roles
  • brief (300 words maximum) statement of your vision for CRUK scientific publishing

In addition, please email by 28 February 2018 with:

This information is for monitoring purposes only; it will be kept confidential and will not be connected to your application.

For enquiries, please contact the Scientific Publications Manager, Maria Hodges, on


The Publications Committee will meet twice a year, in London. The position is voluntary and an honorarium of £300 per day is available. Travel expenses will be paid. The term of office is for a maximum of three years.

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