Publications Committee Chair
Position Description/Responsibilities


Minimum of one year beginning on July 1 of the year following their selection and ending on June 30 of the following year. Publications Committee Chairs may be renewable by agreement of the Chair and the FASEB President.  


  • Partner with the Director of Publishing to develop agendas and provide materials for meetings of the Publications Committee and to advise, as needed, on issues of importance to the FASEB publications program.
  • Prepare for, attend, and preside at calls and meetings of the Publications Committee (voting only in the event of a tie).
  • Represent the Publications Committee at FASEB Board meetings as requested.
  • Following discussions with the Publications Committee, consult with and advise the Editors-in-Chief as needed to guide long-term, innovative, and strategic planning for the journals.
  • Participate in strategic planning meetings with Wiley for The FASEB Journal and FASEB BioAdvances.
  • Serve as a non-voting member of the FASEB Meetings Committee, with a focus on identifying opportunities for collaboration between the two committees.


Chairs must be active members of at least one FASEB constituent society or be experienced publishing professionals with extensive knowledge of FASEB and/or member society publications programs. Biographic, demographic, and scientific diversity in governance is an overarching goal of the Federation, and the Board seeks to appoint members to Federation committees who represent this diversity.

The following are personal characteristics that the Chair of the Publications Committee should have:

  • Excellent leadership and facilitation skills
  • Strong interest in supporting science exchange through the FASEB journals
  • Broad experience in journal editorial matters
  • Understanding of journal editorial and submissions metrics
  • Knowledge about the STM publishing landscape and factors impacting the FASEB journals
  • Record of professional service, preferably with a FASEB member society
  • Knowledge about and experience in the biomedical science community

Time Commitment

  • 1-hr meetings quarterly (see proposed timeline below); additional meetings as necessary
  • 1-2 hours per month for discussion and preparation with staff, primarily the Director of the Publications
  • 1 hour every other month to attend Meetings Committee meetings, plus preparation
  • 1 in-person strategic planning meeting of up to 2 days with publishing partner in Q4, plus travel and preparation time (expenses reimbursed)
  • Up to 4 hours per month for email correspondence or necessary ad hoc phone calls
  • Participation as needed in up to 3 FASEB Board meetings annually (plus travel if necessary)

Proposed timeline for quarterly PC meetings:

Q1: Late Feb/Early March – Onboarding (prior to March 19 Board Meeting)
Q2: Late May/Early June (prior to June 10/11 Board meeting)
Q3: Mid-September
Q4: November (before Thanksgiving and prior to December Board Meeting)