The Society for Healthcare Epidemiology of America (SHEA), through a Subcommittee of the Publications Committee, is recruiting the inaugural Editor-in-Chief of SHEA’s new Open Access companion journal to ICHE, Antimicrobial Stewardship & Healthcare Epidemiology (ASHE).  This exciting new journal will launch in mid-2021. Interviews of interested candidates will take place Fall 2020, and the journal, which will be published by Cambridge University Press, will have its submission website set up, its Editorial Team in place, and its first submissions received in early 2021. The deadline for applications is November 6, 2020.

SHEA provides full support of the editorial office, through the Managing Editor.

Proposed Scope of ASHE:

As the Open Access companion journal to Infection Control & Hospital Epidemiology (ICHE), Antimicrobial Stewardship & Healthcare Epidemiology (ASHE) covers the same broad scope, but with greater geographic diversity and emphasis on global efforts. ASHE will be attractive to authors, many of whom are already implementing their respective action plans on antimicrobial resistance (AMR), in particular with optimizing use of antibiotics and other antimicrobial initiatives. ASHE will provide a publication forum for this community, optimizing and making accessible needed content published open access, while the world still has a window of opportunity to turn the tide on AMR, and ensure continued effective treatment of bacterial infections for future generations.

ASHE invites submission of original investigations that will contribute to the fields of antimicrobial stewardship, healthcare epidemiology and infection prevention with the goal of improving healthcare safety globally. ASHE welcomes submissions in the following broad areas of interest:

  • Infection prevention
  • Antimicrobial stewardship
  • Diagnostic stewardship
  • Healthcare worker vaccination
  • Occupational health concerns including blood-borne pathogen exposure prevention

The Editor-in-Chief (EIC), in consultation with the Publications Committee and Board of Trustees (BOT) may make changes to the Scope statement as needed to capture topics of interest to the community.

DESCRIPTION OF RESPONSIBILITIES

General Scope of Responsibilities

The Editor-in-Chief shall strive to:

  • Recruit Associate Editors and Editorial Board members who will act as emissaries for ASHE, reaching out to authors to ensure that high-quality submissions come to the journal from all regions of the world.
  • Coordinate efforts with the Editor-in-Chief and Editorial Board of ICHE, to provide an easy route to transfer submissions from ICHE to ASHE, should they be more suitable for the latter.
  • Manage a rigorous peer review process for submissions, providing helpful feedback to authors.
  • Actively solicit review articles and tutorials, including videos, that demonstrate best practices in AMR.
  • Promote the scientific exchange of ideas to advance the field and related areas of interest to the readership of the journal.
  • With the Society and Publisher, optimize the use of web-based journal features, including virtual issues, podcasts, webinars, blogs, and social media activities.
  • Keep abreast of developments in Open Access around the world and across funding agencies to ensure that ASHE is promoted to authors who need a high-quality OA journal for their work.

Governance

The SHEA Publications Committee (reporting to the SHEA Board of Trustees) oversees SHEA publications, including the journal. The SHEA Publications Committee’s charge is to support the editor and editorial team and to oversee the Society’s journal and other publications from a strategic, commercial and management aspect. In this capacity, the SHEA Publications Committee will provide the Editor-in-Chief with the Society’s criteria for evaluating the strategic direction, scope, metrics, and success of the journal, and will conduct periodic evaluations of the EICs’ performance.

Editorial Responsibilities

The EIC, upon the advice of the Editorial Board, shall have complete and final authority for the selection, editorial modification, and quality of all materials published. The specific responsibilities of the EIC shall include:

  1. Establishing, in consultation with SHEA’s Publications Committee, the Editorial Board for the journal, consisting of distinguished US and international researchers and practitioners across the field, ensuring that the Editorial Board represents the society’s diverse membership.
  2. Working with the Society and the Publisher to develop strategies for editorial development of ASHE, including deploying electronic features available through the Publisher’s journal website, developing plans and strategies to attract the most impactful and important papers, and attending strategy and planning meetings arranged by the Society or the Publisher.
  3. Engaging the Editorial Board in continuous improvement and development of the journal, improving their understanding of criteria for selecting papers and expanding coverage in new areas while acting as advocates for the journal.
  4. Arranging appropriate, timely, and efficient peer-review procedures for the contributions submitted for publication in the journal, and utilizing the manuscript tracking system (Editorial Manager) provided by the Publisher (Cambridge University Press) under the supervision of the SHEA Managing Editor.
  5. Preparing an annual or semi-annual report to the SHEA Publications Committee and Board of Trustees, showing the acceptance rate, rate of submission, origin of submitted and accepted papers, time lag to first decision and final decision, and other metrics that will indicate the health of the journal.
  6. Ensuring that his or her conduct conforms to the highest standards of professional conduct and scientific integrity, is consistent with all applicable laws and regulations, and reflects positively on SHEA; and promoting the same standards of conduct by the other members of the editorial team.
  7. Managing any ethical issues or concerns raised by Journal stakeholders (e.g., authors, reviewers, editors, etc.), in accordance with industry best practices (e.g., guidelines established by the Council on Publication Ethics (COPE) and International Committee of Medical Journal Editors (ICMJE)).
  8. Securing from all members of the Editorial Board annual conflict of interest disclosures and submitting his or her own Conflict of Interest statement annually to the Executive Director of SHEA.

Term

The EIC will serve a single one-time term of five (5) years, commencing January 1, 2021 and ending December 31, 2025, with the possibility of one additional 5-year term with mutual agreement of the EIC and the SHEA BOT. 

Honorarium

The EIC is provided an honorarium by SHEA, which is paid on a quarterly basis.

Editorial Budget

The Editor must adhere to the Editorial Budget. The EIC must notify staff in August if there are any desired increases in the number or honoraria of Associate Editors for the following year.

Office Support

SHEA will arrange for office support for the work of the Editor(s)-in-Chief through the Society’s full-time Managing Editor who is located in New York, NY.

Instructions for Contributors

These will be developed by the Publisher and posted on the Cambridge Core website for ASHE.

APPLICATION REQUIREMENTS

Applications should include:

  • Full CV
  • A letter summarizing your vision and goals for ASHE 2021-2025
  • A letter of support from your institution (approximately 20% release time, all editorial management will be provided by SHEA’s full-time Managing Editor)
  • 2 letters of recommendation from your peers

For additional information, or to submit your application by the November 6, 2020 deadline, please contact:

Kristy Weinshel
Executive Director
SHEA
(703) 684-1008
kweinshel@shea-online.org