Molecular Biology of the Cell (MBoC) is seeking volunteers for an editorial board of early-career researchers dedicated to curating and classifying the impact of new articles published in MBoC and preprints posted on bioRxiv. Playing a vital role in a project supported by a Learned Society Curation Award from the Wellcome Trust and the Howard Hughes Medical Institute to MBoC’s publisher, the American Society for Cell Biology (ASCB), this new board of diverse, young editors will contribute to improving the accessibility and recognition of research works across the subjects covered by MBoC.

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The recent growth of preprint servers and rapid pace of research dissemination can pose a challenge for researchers and evaluators – in discovering the most interesting articles to read, and in assessing the significance and potential impact of new research. This new board of early career editors will be a valuable addition to MBoC and ASCB’s community.

Early-career editors should meet the following criteria:

  • Pre-tenure assistant professors or research group leaders, or advanced post-docs or research fellows.
  • Engaged in research related to any topics covered by MBoC.
  • Interested in open science, preprints, and improving scientific publishing and research assessment.

Early-career editors will be responsible for:

  • Identifying preprints of interest to the molecular and cell biology research community.
  • Writing brief Significance Statements and selecting appropriate Badges to be displayed alongside these selected preprints, to convey the significance of the work in a broadly accessible and visual format.
  • Other activities to engage with authors, editors, and readers.

Early-career editors will receive:

  • Recognition of their status as emerging “thought leaders” in their field.
  • Insight and involvement in the editorial process through mentorship by MBoC editors.
  • Unique opportunities for networking and future involvement with MBoC and ASCB leadership and events.

Applications should be submitted by Monday January 18, 2021 and must include 1) a CV, 2) a brief description of their research topic, interest in the position, and future career plans (1 page total), and 3) a letter of recommendation. We are especially interested in recruiting a diverse group of candidates including those from under-represented backgrounds, across international regions, and from a broad range of research topics. Candidates should apply directly using the online form here, or you may nominate a colleague by sending a recommendation letter by email and we will contact them to complete the application.

Candidates will be reviewed by a panel of MBoC editors and staff and selected based on their research record, interest and potential contributions to the board. Successful nominees will be contacted in late February 2021 to begin a one-year term of service with an optional one-year renewal. The board will be overseen by MBoC Editor-in-Chief Matthew Welch and ASCB Curation Manager Michael Lacy.

Not sure if you qualify (e.g. in a non-tenure-track position, questions about career stage timing, other circumstances), having problems with submission, or other questions? Contact Michael Lacy (mlacy@ascb.org).

Deadline: January 18, 2021

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