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Call for Co-Editor

Philosophical Magazine Letters
Deadline: 31st August 2022

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About the Role

Philosophical Magazine Letters, launched 35 years ago as the daughter journal of Philosophical Magazine (established 225 years ago) is converting to be fully open access (OA) from its 2023 volume.

Taylor & Francis is seeking to appoint a Co-Editor to work alongside the journal’s Editor-in Chief, Professor E A Davis.
As Co-Editor of Philosophical Magazine Letters, you will uphold the journal’s strong reputation whilst working with the Editor-in-Chief, the Editorial Board and the Publisher, to ensure the success of Philosophical Magazine Letters as a fully OA journal, and to continuously explore new avenues for growth and development. The new Co-Editor will work closely with the journal’s Editor-in-Chief and will be supported by an Editorial Board and by staff at Taylor & Francis.

    Key Skills and Attributes

    Here are the skills and attributes we would be looking for in a successful applicant:

    • Appointing, in consultation with the Editor-in-Chief and the Publisher, new Associate Editors to build on the existing Editorial Board of prominent and respected academics, with an eye to ethnic, geographical and gender diversity, and breadth of experience;

    • Commissioning some OA articles, working with the authors to establish (and meet) deadlines;

    • Encouraging the Editorial Board to commission OA articles, and keeping in touch with them to ensure that the flow of manuscripts is steady;

    • Overseeing peer review for submitted articles (within ScholarOne, the journal’s submission system) and taking decisions (accept, reject, etc) on the suitability of articles;

    • General editorial duties, for example liaising with Taylor & Francis’s Peer Review and Production Departments on aspects such as ethical queries and issue compilation;

    • Acting as an ambassador for the journal to promote its reputation, academic success, and prosperity as a fully OA journal.

    The Publisher will support these endeavors by:

    • Organizing an annual meeting for the Editorial Board;

    • Providing training and guidance, for example on Taylor & Francis’s policies and procedures, and the use of the journal’s peer review system;

    • Holding regular discussions with the new Co-Editor about the journal’s development;

    • Making a set annual contribution to reasonable expenses incurred.

        Submitting your Application

        The ideal candidate should be well known and highly regarded in the physics community and have leadership and international collaborative experience. Prior experience of editing or serving on the editorial board of an internationally-recognized open access journal would also be an advantage. A PhD in physics, applied physics, materials science or similar is required.

        Applications shall include:

        • Your CV;

        • A short statement explaining your interest in, and suitability for, the role.

          The journal is committed to ensuring diversity, equity and inclusion within its editorial team and decision making processes. All applications will be treated as strictly confidential, and each will be judged on its merits without bias for seniority of institutional affiliation. We do not discriminate on the basis of race, color, ancestry, national origin, religion, or religious creed, mental or physical disability, medical condition, genetic information, sex (including pregnancy, childbirth, and related medical conditions), sexual orientation, gender identity, gender expression, age, marital status, military or protected veteran status, citizenship, or other protected characteristics.

        About the journal

        The fully OA Philosophical Magazine Letters will continue to publish in the subject areas of materials science and condensed matter physics, but its scope is being expanded to cover other physics disciplines. The journal will publish short communications, original research papers and reviews. It will foster the immediate and widescale dissemination of research results through adoption of an OA model. Every submission to the journal will continue to be subject to the usual reviewing process.

        Moving the journal to become fully OA will provide the benefits of increased readership and visibility, and compliance with an ever-increasing number of research funders’ mandates.

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