Call for the role: Editor-in-Chief of Human Reproduction Update

The European Society of Human Reproduction and Embryology (ESHRE) will be accepting nominations and applications for the position of

Editor-in-Chief (EiC) for “Human Reproduction Update

The European Society of Human Reproduction and Embryology (ESHRE) is seeking a new Editor-in-Chief for “Human Reproduction Update”.

The appointment will be for a term of three years, starting 1 January 2025, with the possibility of one renewable term thereafter.

The Editor-in-Chief will work closely together with the Editors-in-Chief of the other ESHRE Journals (i.e., “Molecular Human Reproduction”, “Human Reproduction” and “Human Reproduction Open”), the ESHRE Journals’ Editorial Office, the ESHRE Publications Committee, and the official publisher of the journals (Oxford University Press) to ensure that the highest scientific standards are maintained and promoted, in accordance with the journal’s aims and scope.

Applicants must be highly recognized in the broad field of reproductive biology/reproductive medicine. The successful applicant will have to provide proof of vision and display a wide scope of knowledge consistent with overseeing the academic content of a review journal. They must have experience of editorial processes and practices, have a clear understanding of the methodological rigour required for data syntheses in systematic reviews, and must have clear views on how to develop and promote the academic scientific quality of the journal.

A remuneration package including expenses will be agreed upon appointment and preliminary details can be obtained from the ESHRE Managing Director, Bruno Van den Eede.

Selection Criteria

  • Editorial experience (preferably in a review journal).
  • Leadership experience.
  • Ability to collaborate.
  • Strength of CV.
  • Statement of vision.
  • Demonstrable commitment of regular time for the role.


  • Set and drive editorial strategy in conjunction with the Deputy Editor, Associate Editors, Managing Editor and the Editorial Teams of the other ESHRE Journals.
  • Appoint effective Deputy Editor(s) and Associate Editors.
  • Assess methodological rigour and integrity of data in proposals and submitted manuscripts.
  • Take proposal and manuscript decisions (including pre-review rejection) in a regular and timely manner.
  • Regularly write, or solicit others to write, high-quality Editorials.
  • Maintain strong relationships with the reproductive medicine and science communities worldwide.
  • Lead journal innovation by continually monitoring developments in academic publishing.
  • Maintain highest ethical standards in cases of research or publication misconduct.
  • Ability to travel and to attend global conferences/meetings.
  • Attend and chair Associate Editor meetings.
  • Act as spokesperson for the Journal(s), raising their profile amongst key stakeholders.
  • Establishes regular and effective collaborations with ESHRE Journals’ Editorial Office staff.
  • Holds regular meetings with Deputy Editor(s), the ESHRE Publications Committee, and other Editors-in-Chief.
  • Works effectively with the Publisher (Oxford University Press).


  • Significant editorial or journal management experience (preferably in a review journal).
  • Strong reputation in the field.
  • Clear vision of the specialty and of developments in journal publishing.
  • Relates to peers and staff in a positive manner.
  • A published, peer-reviewed review journal author.
  • Academic appointment.


The successful candidate must be able to complete a three-year term beginning 1 January 2025, with a preparatory period in late 2024 (exact timing to be agreed).


A complete CV and a letter of application (no more than 4 single-spaced pages) to include the following:

  • a brief outline of relevant qualifications.
  • a statement describing approach to editing the journal, including collaboration with the ESHRE Journals’ Editorial Office.
  • a vision statement, including enhancing scientific standing.


Applications should be sent to the ESHRE Central Office ( by 15 January 2024.