Request for Proposals

Obesity Editor-in-Chief, 2023-2027

Issued:  February 2022

The Obesity Society (TOS) is soliciting applications for qualified individuals to serve as Editor-in-Chief of Obesity (“Editor”), the society’s flagship peer-reviewed scientific and medical journal.

Now in its 30th year of publication, Obesity Research was established in 1993 as the official journal of what was then known as the North American Association for the Study of Obesity (NAASO).  With the increasing recognition of obesity as a disease and the growing importance of obesity prevention and treatment services, the association changed its name to The Obesity Society, and in 2006 the journal was renamed to Obesity.  During this time, the journal has developed into one of the leading international vehicles for scholarly, peer-reviewed publications in the basic, clinical and population sciences related to energy balance regulation, adipose tissue biology and obesity itself. Obesity currently publishes 12 monthly issues each year, with occasional supplements and special issues, including a yearly supplement containing the abstracts accepted to The Obesity Society’s Annual Meeting at ObesityWeek.

We anticipate that the Editor will serve a 5½-year term from August 1, 2022 through December 31, 2027.  During the first five months of this term, the new Editor will serve as a Senior Associate Editor, responsible for the review of newly submitted manuscripts and working closely with the current Editors to facilitate a smooth and effective transition of leadership.  The new Editor will be responsible for producing 12 issues of Obesity each year starting with the January 2023 issue (Volume 31, No. 1) and ending with the December 2027 issue.

The Obesity Editor receives financial support from TOS to lead the journal and operate the editorial office. The Editor’s host institution is expected to provide additional resources and in-kind support (such as office space) to handle the editorial responsibilities. Details on budgetary matters can be obtained by contacting the current Obesity editors at the addresses listed below or Anthony Comuzzie, PhD, FTOS, TOS Chief Executive Officer, at [email protected].

The Editor, with the assistance of the editorial office, has full responsibility for the manuscript review and selection process.  The Editor has several additional responsibilities to TOS, including (1) preparing an annual report to the TOS Governing Board and membership describing editorial, administrative and financial progress of the journal, (2) participating in the meetings and deliberations of the TOS Publications Committee, and (3) providing timely information about upcoming articles of note to the TOS Director of Communications and Media Relations, and the TOS Communications Committee.  The editorial office works closely with Wiley, the journal’s publisher, in preparing issues for publication (including manuscripts, images, covers, reviews, etc.) and marketing the journal.  The Editor and editorial office are responsible for assuring that authors adhere to the publication schedule set by Wiley, as well as anticipating and responding to problems with graphics, formatting, page counts, and other issues that may arise. Wiley staff is responsible for copy-editing, layout, typesetting, printing and mailing.

In addition to the approximately 2,400 TOS members who receive the journal, Obesity has a circulation of 14,075 institutional subscriptions throughout North America and worldwide.  The Journal publishes twelve issues per year, totaling approximately 2,000 pages. It is indexed in the NCBI PubMed database, Current Contents (Clarivate Analytics), Embase (Elsevier), and other leading citation services.  Since its inception, the journal’s circulation, readership and recognition have risen steadily.  In 2020, its impact factor was 5.002, the third-highest impact factor among obesity specialty journals, and Obesity articles were downloaded an average of 237,500 times per month.

Editing Obesity provides the Editor with the opportunity to be at the hub of research in energy balance regulation, adipose tissue biology and the causes, prevention and treatment of obesity.  The new Editor will have the opportunity to lead further growth and differentiation of the journal, working under the guidance of the TOS Governing Board and its Publications Committee.  The new Obesity Editor will be an ex officio member of the TOS Governing Board and will participate ex officio in meetings of the TOS Executive Committee, as called upon or as requested by the Editor.

Applications for this position are should be emailed in PDF format to Anthony Comuzzie, PhD, FTOS, TOS Chief Executive Officer ([email protected]).

Details of the application for this position can be found in the Obesity Editor-in-Chief Proposal form and include the following information:

  1. A statement outlining the applicant’s qualifications, reasons for seeking the position, and overall objectives as Editor of Obesity. In explaining overall objectives, the applicant should address the vision and identity of the journal to be achieved during the applicant’s tenure; the steps to be taken to ensure an adequate pool of high quality, publishable manuscripts; and the means to be employed to expand the circulation, readership and recognition of the Journal as a leading publisher of scientific advances in obesity-related biology, clinical care and health policy.  It would be advantageous to include the names of proposed Associate Editors and their proposed areas of responsibility.
  2. The applicant’s current curriculum vitae.
  3. The names and complete contact information of at least three professional references.
  4. Evidence of institutional support, in the form of a letter from the appropriate university or health center administrative officer assuring ongoing support for the Editor’s time (suggested to be at least 0.5 FTE), the allocation of editorial office space, and other overhead expenses. Institutional support should include general office staffing sufficient for fiscal and administrative record-keeping and computer operations.

Evaluation of applications will be the responsibility of an ad hoc Search Committee, under the leadership of the TOS Publications Committee chair.  In its deliberations, the Search Committee will be guided by the following criteria. The editor of Obesity should:

  1. Have a faculty appointment at an accredited university that includes research programs in obesity-related biology and clinical care, as well as and programs and facilities for comprehensive obesity care.
  2. Be established in the obesity research community by virtue of significant contributions to research, teaching, and scientific publication.
  3. Exhibit a broad understanding of obesity-related science and clinical practice reflected through their education, teaching experience, research activities and publications.
  4. Have sufficient and sustained institutional support over the full term of the editorship.

The Search Committee expects to recommend the next Obesity editor to the TOS Governing Board at its meeting in May or June 2022.  The new Editor and Associate Editors will begin reviewing new manuscript submissions on August 1, 2022 and will accept full responsibility for journal production on January 1, 2023.

TOS will provide a transition budget of $25,000 for the period August 1 – December 31, 2022. After the transition, TOS provides an annual amount of approximately $160,000 to support editorial operations and to pay for the Managing Editor salary (typically a half-time position), Editor travel, operating expenses, efforts to publicize Obesity on the web and via social media, and other costs associated with editing the journal. In-kind support, office space, protected release time for the Editor and Associate Editors, and any additional funds needed for journal operation are expected to be provided by the host institution and detailed in the proposal.

An applicant can choose to contract for the services of the Managing Editor. The estimated salary based on recent experience is approximately $80,000 annually.

Interested applicants are encouraged to contact the current Editors of Obesity and the Chair of the Search Committee for additional information and perspective at their email addresses listed below:

Current editors:

Eric Ravussin, PhD, FTOS, Editor-in-Chief, Pennington Biomedical Research Center, Louisiana State University ([email protected])

Leanne Redman, PhD, FTOS, Associate Editor-in-Chief, Pennington Biomedical Research Center, Louisiana State University ([email protected])

Donna Ryan, MD, FTOS, Associate Editor-in Chief Emeritus, Pennington Biomedical Research Center, Louisiana State University ([email protected])

Search Committee chair:

Lee M. Kaplan, MD, PhD, FTOS, Massachusetts General Hospital, Harvard University ([email protected])

Editor-in-Chief Proposal Form