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Vacancy: Pneumonia Editors-in-Chief

Pneumonia is an open access journal that spans across the fields of both pulmonary medicine and infectious diseases. The journal focuses exclusively on pneumonia and provides an international forum for the exchange of knowledge on the etiology, pathogenesis, diagnosis, epidemiology, treatment and prevention of pneumonia. Original basic, translational laboratory and clinical research are published in the journal along with case reports and commentaries.

Established in 2012, the journal is owned and published by BioMed Central, part of Springer Nature. Pneumonia covers all the latest high interest topics and its content gets accessed over 3,000 times each month.

BioMed Central is seeking to appoint an Editor-in-Chief to succeed Professor Steve Pelton and Professor Ger Rijkers, who will be stepping down at the end of December 2023. 

The newly appointed Editor-in-Chief will have full editorial responsibility for the content published in the Journal and for ensuring that the ethos, editorial standards, policies and scope of Pneumonia are maintained. They will also be responsible for providing strategic guidance and overseeing the commissioning of non-research content. 

The ideal candidates will be:

  • Physicians and researchers with broad experience in the field of pneumonia able to demonstrate their impact in the field with an extensive publication history.
  • Experienced as journal Editors, with strong critical analysis and appraisal skills, and a good understanding of peer review and publication ethics.
  • Keen supporters of open access publishing.
  • Able to demonstrate strong leadership.
  • Excellent strategic planners with the ability to develop a clear vision for Pneumonia
  • Interested in building strong community relationships with pulmonologists and infectious disease specialists at all levels.
  • Keen to innovate and continuously develop Pneumonia.
  • Engaged with technology and willing to use the Journal’s online submission and peer review tools.
  • Able to dedicate time on a regular basis to a thriving journal.

Pneumonia is currently supported by Editorial Office run by the publisher for administrative services, and is further supported by a committed team of Deputy Editors. The position offers an honorarium, whilst the time commitment is flexible, we anticipate the post-holder would also have a full-time position elsewhere.

Term of appointment

The term of office will be for five years, with an option for renewal by mutual consent for a further five years.


Further details regarding the role and a detailed job description can be obtained by contacting Valeria Olivo, Senior Publisher, at

Applications should include a full CV, a letter explaining your interest in the post, and an outline of what your editorial policy and vision might be. Applications should be sent to Valeria Olivo at

Closing date for applications

30th August 2023 

Interviews and start date

Interviews will be held in September 2023, with a start date of the 1st January 2024. 

Annual Journal Metrics

  • 2022 Citation Impact
    6.8 - 2-year Impact Factor
    5.4 - 5-year Impact Factor

    2022 Speed
    7 days submission to first editorial decision for all manuscripts (Median)
    111 days submission to accept (Median)

    2022 Usage