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Tuesday, December 4, 2012

F/T - Dir Content Selection/Scientific and Scholarly Res - Thomson Reuters (PA)

Director, Content Selection-Scientific and Scholarly Research
Thomson Reuters
Job:  Publishing/Editorial,PUB00004222
Primary Location:  US-PA-Philadelphia
Organization:  Scientific&Scholarly Rsch
Schedule:  Full-time
Job Type:  Standard
Travel:  Yes, 10 % of the Time

The Director, Content Selection will be responsible for developing and executing the content strategy of the Editorial Development & Publisher Relations department within Thomson Reuters’ Scientific & Scholarly Research business.  The Director will lead the activity of the team of Editorial Information Specialists in the consistent and defensible application of Thomson Reuters selection policies in the development of content for products such as Web of Science (SCIE, SSCI, AHCI, and BkCI, CPCI) along with other Thomson Reuters databases (BIOSIS, Zoological Records).  The Web of Science, a flagship product for Thomson Reuters, is a vast multidisciplinary database of the world’s most important and influential scholarly research.  Indeed, the core value of Web of Science is the selectivity of its content.  The Director is responsible for maintaining the position of Web of Science as the industry leader in this regard.
Reporting to the VP, Editorial & Publisher Relations, the Director, Content Selection will take responsibility for the timely completion of all journal, book and conference proceedings evaluations insuring that the results are replicable, based on an informed use of citation data, and with regard to journal evaluations, are well written and defensible in every aspect. This strategic thought leader will interact with the international community of scholarly publishers in discussions regarding the evaluation of their publications and with the worldwide Thomson Reuters customer base in support of regional sales efforts. They will also strive to promote the Thomson Reuters Journal Selection Process via a global thought leadership capacity both internally and externally.
Primary Areas of Accountability   
  • Oversee the maintenance and development of the journal content in Web of Science according to the principles of the Thomson Reuters Journal Selection Process
  • Provide expertise in the evaluation and selection of over 10,000 books and 3,600 conference proceedings annually
  • Champion best practices and drive for continuous process improvement in content selection methodology and criteria to ensure effective support of the business strategy
  • Direct the activity of the team responsible for maintaining and developing Web of Science Categories, which provide the fundamental editorial infrastructure for all Web of Science products and derivative metrics
  • Lead the Department Managers / Staff in the above functions for effective people, process and production management
  • Establish and maintain effective communication across all levels of the organization and build strong relationships with other groups, particularly in the areas of Editorial Development and Publisher Relations
  • Develop strategies which evolve the Scientific & Scholarly Research businesses content selection, editorial voice and publishing strategy to optimize value for consumers across key segments
  • Continuously optimize the strategy and execution via statistical and quantitative analysis of key user engagement and user satisfaction metrics
  • Provide expert representation for Thomson Reuters regarding content selection to the scholarly publishing community, the press and customers worldwide
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About the IP & Science Business of Thomson Reuters
The IP & Science business is a global provider of information solutions to assist professionals at every stage of research and development and ensure they maintain and extract maximum value from their intellectual assets.

IP & Science is part of Thomson Reuters (, the world's leading source of intelligent information for businesses and professionals. Scientific information solutions can be found at
  • Bachelor’s degree in a Science or Social Science  discipline is required
  • Master of Library Science or equivalent experience; or other advanced degree highly preferred 
  • Broad working knowledge of scientific domains and disciplines
  • 10+ years experience in a primary or secondary publishing environment
  • Demonstrated success with raising the bar of expectations and fostering a culture of accountability for excellence within content selection or similar teams, at all levels.
  • Excellent verbal and written communication skills in order to garner credibility and influence others.
  • Strong business acumen to include an in depth knowledge of Thomson Reuter’s business, industry segments and external marketplace Expert knowledge of Thomson Reuters citation indexes and citation metrics is highly desirable.
  • Strong leadership, strategic planning, budgeting, people and project management experience including responsibility for direct management of a team
  • Proven ability to establish credibility and build relationships with, and influence all levels within an organization and across different operating units
  • Willingness to travel up to 10% both domestic or international on behalf of Thomson Reuters and to promote the Thomson Reuters Journal Selection Policy and other editorial initiatives
At Thomson Reuters, we believe what we do matters. We are passionate about our work, inspired by the impact it has on our business and our customers. As a team, we believe in winning as one - collaborating to reach shared goals, and developing through challenging and meaningful experiences. With over 60,000 employees in more than 100 countries, we work flexibly across boundaries and realize innovations that help shape industries around the world. Making this happen is a dynamic, evolving process, and we count on each employee to be a catalyst in driving our performance - and their own.

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