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Current vacancies for voluntary roles


Editors for Anaesthesia Reports (3 vacancies)

Anaesthesia Reports is the case report journal of the Association of Anaesthetists. The journal takes the traditional case report to the 21st century by including clinical and educational articles, multimedia pieces, and social media engagement. Anaesthesia Reports was indexed in PubMed Central in February 2020.

The role of the Editor is mostly email and web-based and involves reviewing submitted manuscripts and multimedia items and editing them in preparation for publication. The successful applicants should have a history of publication, be able to write coherent and elegant English, and have good time management skills. Previous editorial experience is not necessary, but experience of acting as a reviewer for papers submitted to peer-review journals is desirable.

The term of office is three years with up to two extensions by mutual agreement. As well as the opportunity to work with an excellent and cohesive editorial team, rewards include free registration at major Association of Anaesthetists’ meetings.

Applicants should submit a short essay of up to 500 words on ‘The value of the patient voice in case reports’ by email to the Editorial Co-ordinator, Claudia Welburn (anaesthesiareports@anaesthetists.org), together with a short curriculum vitae (no more than two A4 pages). Shortlisted candidates may be asked to perform a small number of editorial tasks as part of the selection process.

We would particularly welcome applications from senior trainees and consultants / SAS doctors who are within the first 10 years of their substantive appointments and looking to develop their reviewing and editing skills.

Applicants who wish to discuss this post are advised to contact the Executive Editor, Dr Cliff Shelton (c.shelton@lancaster.ac.uk). The closing date for applications is 11 March 2022.


Editor-in-Chief, Anaesthesia

Anaesthesia is the official journal of the Association of Anaesthetists, published by Wiley. The job of the Editor-in-Chief (EiC) is primarily the production and development of the journal, and in addition acting as a Director, Trustee and Officer of the Association of Anaesthetists. The EiC also leads the strategic direction of the journal, in consultation with the Editorial Board of the Association of Anaesthetists.

The role of the EiC is mostly email and web-based, but also involves attendance at Editorial Board meetings and in-person promotion of the journal. The term of office is 6 years and the position will start from September 2023 with the preceding year spent as Editor-in-Chief Designate. The EiC heads up a team of Editors (currently 15). The team also includes the Editorial Co-ordinator who is employed by the Association of Anaesthetists. The EiC with the assistance of the Editorial Co-ordinator is responsible for oversight of the workload of all Editors and the day to day running of the journal.

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Person Specification

The applicant must be a consultant (or equivalent) anaesthetist/intensivist/pain specialist and a member of the Association of Anaesthetists in good standing

Skills required

  • Exceptional communication skills, both verbal and written 
  • Experience of writing, proofreading, scientific language editing, and previous editorial work 
  • Knowledge, experience and skills in clinical anaesthesia, perioperative medicine, pain medicine and/or critical care medicine 
  • Good time-keeping and ability to meet deadlines
  • Exceptional leadership skills, with vision to develop the Journal

Application process 

Applicants should submit a curriculum vitae (maximum 3 pages) by email to secretariat@anaesthetists.org and should include sections headed: 

  • Summary of current activities; 
  • Professional areas of interest; 
  • Previous editorial and assessor experience; 
  • Summary of publications including your 10–15 most important/recent ones

In addition, please submit a one page summary addressing the question “Is there a future for subscription journals in the Open Access era?” If shortlisted for interview, you will be required to give a presentation on this topic.

Following short-listing, successful candidates will be invited to interview by an appointment panel. Please direct any queries for further information to the Editor-in-Chief at anaesthesia@anaesthetists.org. The closing date for applications is 31 March 2022.

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