2 Research Data Implementation Managers

Company : International Association of STM Publishers
Location : One position in Europe, one in USA
Closing Date : EXTENDED Closing Date for the US Position: please react before October 28, 2019, letters of application to Eefke Smit, STM Director for Standards and Technology at smit@stm-assoc.org
Website : www.stm-assoc.org

The International Association of Scientific, Technical and Medical Publishers (STM) is a leading global trade organisation supporting its members (more than 150 academic and professional publishers) in their mission to advance research worldwide. A significant part of our mission is to support Open Science and Research Reproducibility. Over the next year, STM will commence an action-driven initiative to promote the transparency, availability, linking, and proper citation of research data in scholarly communication, in close consultation with relevant stakeholders in policy-making, academia and research. The goal is to advance the environment of research data sharing to ensure it is aligned with the needs of researchers and their funding organisations.

For this program, STM is seeking two candidates for the newly created roles of:

2 Research Data Implementation Managers (freelance contract)

Each position is 0.3 to 0.4 FTE over a 10 to 12 months period

Location: one position for and based in Europe, one for and based in the USA.


Role Description

  • Realise an adoption and implementation program to promote the transparency, availability, linking and proper citation of research data in and alongside STM publications
  • Active outreach to STM members to create awareness for best practice examples across research data availability and transparency
  • Support the adoption and implementation by STM Members of linking data and publication viaCrossref and using SCHOLIX
  • Develop a best practice guide for data citation, based inter alia on the FORCE11 principles
  • Organise collateral and e-learning webinars to support adoption and implementation
  • Organise practical workshops and provide further support to STM members
  • Develop a simple and clear dashboard showing the progress achieved in terms of implementation and adoption
  • Work with STM staff to support engagement and alignment with Open Science initiatives, including those of funders, institutions, and public bodies
  • Work with STM staff to support the creation of external communications which highlight the success of the program, including through the collection of data, creation of metrics, and developing talking points
  • Keep abreast of developments within research data communities
  • Be open and adaptive in incorporating suggestions from the STM Steering Group and STM colleagues for the program

Location: Most of the work for the implementation manager would take place in Europe and the US, and ideally STM would appoint one candidate in Europe and one in the US each at 0.3 FTE minimally. Other solutions can be discussed for an ideal candidate.

Contract: The expected duration is 10 – 12 months, with the potential for further work after the end of the contract. The contract mechanism would be as a freelancer or consultant.


  • Demonstrable experience in, and a good understanding of, academic and professional publishing
  • An active follower of developments across Open Science, reproducibility and research data policies, knowledgeable about the current best practice recommendations on data transparency, availability, linking and citing
  • Experienced in managing collective publisher initiatives (desirable)
  • Familiar with back-office publishing processes, especially in the area of author relations and manuscript submission procedures
  • An ambassador for the STM community in dialogues about research data with policymakers and related stakeholders (funders, learned societies, research community)
  • Excellent command of English – both verbal and written
  • An outgoing, persuasive and encouraging personality
  • Action, implementation and outcome driven
  • A good collaborator, first and foremost with the (overseas) colleagues
  • An adaptive, flexible and open attitude
  • Willing and able to travel (to a maximum of 30 % of the time)

Letters of application for the US position are welcome before October 28, 2019, to Eefke Smit, STM Director for Standards and Technology at smit@stm-assoc.org

Recommended background reading:

Developing a research data policy framework for all journals and publishers,

Hrynaszkiewicz, Iain; Simons, Natasha; Hussain, Azhar; Goudie, Simon (2019):

Figshare: Preprint: https://doi.org/10.6084/m9.figshare.8223365.v1

The citation advantage of linking publications to research data, G. Colavizza, I. Hrynaszkiewicz, I. Staden, K. Whitaker, B. McGillivray; The Alan Turing Institute, University of Amsterdam, Springer Nature, PLoS , Queen Mary University, University of Cambridge. https://arxiv.org/pdf/1907.02565.pdf

For Scholix: www.scholix.org

For Crossref: https://www.crossref.org/community/linkingdata/

For Data Citation: https://www.force11.org/datacitationprinciples

The Coalition for Publishing Data in the Earth and Space Sciences commitment statement



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