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Wednesday, July 27, 2016

[LIBJOBS] USA; Bethesda, MD; Journal Review Program Coordinator & Journal Selector

The successful candidate will support the Selection Unit in the Collection Development and Acquisitions Section, Technical Services Division, Library Operations, National Library of Medicine (NLM). The main emphasis of the job is the review of journal applications for PubMed Central, the freely accessible archive of biomedical and life sciences journal literature at the U.S. National Institutes of Health (NIH). Work will be onsite at the NIH Campus in Bethesda, Maryland.




PubMed Central (PMC) Journal Review Program Coordinator (70%)

·         Manage the work of approximately 12 expert reviewers who assess the scientific and editorial quality of journals that apply to be included in PMC:

o    Schedule reviews and assign journal batches to reviewers.

o    Ensure that the reviewers’ reports are complete and consistent.

·         Lead meetings of the NLM group that makes the final recommendation on a journal based on the expert reviewers’ reports as well as other factors.

·         Prepare a consolidated report for NLM management and for communicating NLM’s decision to the journal applicant.

·         Be an expert in the function and use of the PMC Journal Application Portal used to manage and track the journal review workflow. Train reviewers on use of the Portal and help resolve problems.

·         Recommend changes to the review process and/or the application portal when appropriate.

·         Periodically prepare a high-level analysis of the reviews done noting any patterns or problems that may require the attention of NLM management.


Journal Selector (30%)

·         Review journals for the collection or for cancellation, in English and other languages, based on language skills.

·         Work with staff in the Section to assist with format selection and identifying acquisitions sources.

·         Conduct research on journal problems, such as title changes and publisher-related issues.

·         Write reports, documentation, maintain statistics and/or spreadsheet content.


Minimum Qualifications:

·         Experience with journal editorial processes and understanding of the business models and norms of the scientific-technical journal publishing community.

·         Knowledge of biomedical journal publishing standards such as those supported by Committee on Publication Ethics (COPE) and International Committee of Medical Journal Editors (ICMJE).  

·         Knowledge of NLM products PMC and PubMed.

·         Knowledge of current trends in scholarly communication.

·         Evidence of ability to gather, analyze, and interpret data, and to clearly and concisely report the results to multiple audiences.

·         Demonstrated ability to manage projects.

·         Excellent interpersonal skills including oral and written communication.

·         Ability to work both independently and collaboratively in a collegial and diverse environment.


Desirable Qualifications:

·         Experience working in an academic or research library.

·         Undergraduate or advanced degree in one of the life sciences and/or ability to interpret medical or scientific literature.


About the Selection Unit:

The Selection Unit (SU) is one of four Units in the Collection Development and Acquisitions Section, Technical Services Division of the National Library of Medicine(NLM).  The SU is comprised of a team of librarians responsible for selecting modern publications including books, serials, audiovisual and electronic resources for the collection from all countries and in all languages in accordance with the Collection Development Manual of the National Library of Medicine. Staff assist in the selection of materials to digitize from the NLM collection, content for PubMed Central (PMC) and the National Center for Biotechnology Information (NCBI) Bookshelf, foreign language support for MedlinePlus, and the Literature Selection Technical Review Committee (LSTRC). The Section provides initial bibliographic control for selected resources. Materials are acquired through firm order and approval plan arrangements with domestic and foreign publishers and vendors, subscription vendors, the Library of Congress Overseas Offices and gifts. The Section licenses and manages access to electronic resources. The SU provides ongoing assessment of the NLM collection to ensure that the Library holds a national level comprehensive collection for biomedicine and that it continues to support NLM’s basic mission to improve access to information important to the progress of medicine and the public health.


Computercraft offers a competitive salary, excellent benefits package, the opportunity for excellent work-life balance with a standard 40 hour work week, and the chance to work with accomplished scientists at NIH/NCBI. 


Computercraft is an equal opportunity employer. 


Joan Yu

Computercraft Corporation

1314 Vincent Place

McLean VA 22101



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