Call For Editors
Applications are invited for the positions of Editor-in-Chief of the International Journal of Remote Sensing and Editor-in-Chief of Remote Sensing Letters.
The International Journal of Remote Sensing (IJRS) and Remote Sensing Letters (RSL) are amongst the premier ranked remote sensing journals and are official journals of the Remote Sensing and Photogrammetry Society (RSPSoc). Published 24 and 12 times per year, respectively, in print and online, IJRS and RSL are concerned with the theory, science and technology of remote sensing and novel applications of remotely sensed data. The journals’ focus includes remote sensing of the atmosphere, biosphere, oceans, cryosphere and the terrestrial Earth, as well as human modifications to the Earth system.
We are seeking outstanding professionals who are actively involved in the field of remote sensing, with an international reputation for excellence and a passion for communication, to take up the editorship of these prestigious journals.
The editorships of IJRS and RSL are rewarding and fulfilling roles in which you will build your own networks, promote research that you are passionate about, and be recognised as a leading figure within the relevant academic community. Taylor & Francis will provide annual contributions to the successful applicants to cover journal-related expenses.
As Editor-in-Chief of one of these journals you will be responsible for editorial oversight of an Editorial Administrator and international teams of Editors, Associate Editors and Technical Editors. You will have the authority to accept or reject articles following peer review, and will ensure that editors, reviewers, and authors adhere to the Journal’s Code of Publishing Ethics. You will be responsible for identifying strategies to enhance the quality and reputation of your journal. If you are not already a member of RSPSoc, you will be required to join the Society. Taylor & Francis will organise regular board meetings for each journal, and will supply annual reports reflecting on the performance of the journals.
You should be active in the remote sensing community, with strong personal networks. You should also be confident to engage with authors and researchers to solicit the highest quality submissions for your journal; have strong organisational skills to ensure that submissions are handled in a timely manner; and have the ability to foster positive working relationships with other editors, RSPSoc, Taylor & Francis, reviewers and contributing authors.
Submitting your Application
Applications should comprise a current CV, a short covering letter, and a Vision Statement, which indicates the position that you are applying for and outlines why you see yourself as qualified for the role of Editor-in-Chief of IJRS or RSL and how you see your role in the future development and direction of the journal. Your vision statement should be no longer than two sides of A4. Applicants are welcome to apply for both positions, but should submit separate vision statements for each journal.
You may wish to reflect on:
- the current strength(s) of International Journal of Remote Sensing or Remote Sensing Letters
- your perception of the journal’s mission, and how effectively (or otherwise) it is meeting these aspirations;
- the strand(s) of research (if any) that the journal currently excels in publishing, and what is missing;
- emerging areas of research that you envisage becoming more important over the next 3–5 years;
- an analysis of the competition from other journals in this field; and
- who you see as comprising the community of authors, reviewers, and readers of IJRS or RSL and how you would engage them in the journal.
Applications are welcomed from individuals and from small editorial teams—please note this in your covering letter.
All applications will be treated as strictly confidential. Taylor & Francis and RSPSoc will judge each application on its merits, without regard to the race, religion, nationality, gender, seniority, or institutional affiliation of the candidate. All CVs will be anonymised prior to the interview-selection process.
The closing date for applications is 30 June 2019.
Applications should be sent by email to firstname.lastname@example.org
Interviews will be held in September and October 2019. Interviews may be held using video conferencing depending on location and availability.
The roles will begin on 1 January 2020 and will include a period of transition with the current Editors-in-Chief over the first six months.
A word from the current IJRS Editor-in-Chief, Timothy A. Warner
Members of the IJRS editorial team during a recent board meeting (Left to right): Tim Warner, Yanfei Zhong, Qinchuan Xin, Jenny Wang (T&F – CRC Press), Weigen Huang, Claudia Kuenzer, Farid Melgani, Christine Pohl, Yang Hong, Marco Gianinetto, Simonetta Paloscia, Maurizio Migliaccio, Jian Guo Liu, Andrew Kelly (T&F), Yong Xue, Pauline Lovell, Arthur Cracknell, Ramesh Singh, Matthew Cannon (T&F), Peng Gong