Appointment of new editor-in-chief, Clinical Medicine

The RCP is seeking to appoint a new editor-in-chief for its peer-reviewed journal Clinical Medicine who will set the RCP journal’s direction for the future, ensuring its sustainability and relevance for the next generation of physicians.

The role

Clinical Medicine publishes a wide range of clinical and professional content aimed at a broad and inclusive international readership, including original research, review, guidance and opinion. The editor-in-chief will take the lead in shaping a progressive editorial strategy for the journal and will also be involved in all key day-to-day journal processes, including commissioning and developing content, inviting peer reviewers and representing the journal externally.

He or she will be supported in all these activities by an editorial board of experts, as well as by a professional publications staff at the RCP. He or she will also collaborate with editorial staff in an advisory capacity on other publications produced by the department; this will include strategy and content suggestions for the RCP’s membership magazine.

The candidate

The successful candidate will have the ability to develop and lead a visionary strategy, enthusiasm for a digital-first approach to publishing, and experience of driving dynamic change in organisations.

Applicants must be fellows of the RCP, and should have a track record of writing and reviewing for (and preferably editing) peer-reviewed medical publications, and an understanding of the publishing process. They will have strong interpersonal skills and an interest in the innovative new publishing possibilities offered by technology.

The post requires a time commitment of several hours per week; most of this work can be carried out remotely, but regular visits to the editorial office will be necessary. The editor-in-chief chairs three editorial board meetings per year and, as an officer, represents the journal at RCP Council. Compensation for PAs devoted to the role may be negotiable with the successful candidate’s trust and expenses will be paid in line with RCP policy.

About the RCP

The Royal College of Physicians (RCP) plays a pivotal role in setting standards and, through a variety of activities, influences the quality of medical practice in hospitals. It conducts examinations, carries out training, education and research activities and advises the government and the physicianly profession on health and medical matters.


Applications, including a CV and covering letter, are invited by 20 July. Interviews will be held in September and the new editor-in-chief should be available to take up their role in October 2018.

The full job description is available to download. For any further enquiries and to apply for the role, please email

The Royal College of Physicians welcomes and actively seeks to recruit people to its activities regardless of race, religion, ethnic origin, disability, age, gender and sexual orientation.