Call for Editor-in-Chief

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Call for Editor-in-Chief

All Earth 

29 January 2021

Taylor & Francis are seeking to recruit an Editor-in-Chief for All Earth, an exciting new open access Earth Sciences journal. This peer-reviewed, fully open access journal will be a revamp of an existing JCR- and Scopus-listed journal (2019 IF is 1.607/2019 CiteScore of 3.5), to be re-launched as All Earth, a forward-looking broad-science journal publishing in all disciplines related to Earth and Space Sciences. Areas of interest will include, but will not be limited to, the lithosphere, hydrosphere, cryosphere, biosphere, and atmosphere, as well as planetary change and earth observation. Taylor & Francis will work closely with the new Editor-in-Chief to develop this title into a flagship broad Earth Sciences title within our Open Access portfolio, akin to our most recent successful relaunch in the Life Sciences, All Life.

Role Description

We are seeking an outstanding academic researcher with an international reputation for research excellence, a passion for communication, a high-level English language proficiency and prior editorial experience working for a scientific journal. They will have the opportunity to work with Taylor & Francis to help shape the future direction of All Earth, by identifying strategies to enhance its quality and reputation. The Editor-in-Chief will also be a champion for Open Science, including but not limited to Open Access and FAIR Data Sharing principles.

Working collaboratively with the Section Editors, Editorial Board, and the Publisher, the successful candidate(s) will undertake the following responsibilities:

  • Overseeing the development and strategic direction of All Earth
  • Leading the team of Section Editors who will oversee the journal’s subject Sections
  • Encouraging the submission of manuscripts from both established researchers in the field and promising early career researchers
  • Planning and soliciting special issues, reviews and themed collections for the journal, and working with Section Editors to ensure their successful delivery
  • Promoting the journal through professional networks to build its visibility and profile within the research community
  • Working with Section Editors to implement improvements to the overall editorial structure of All Earth and ensuring a cohesive development strategy between the various Sections
  • Chairing and directing editorial board meetings held annually
  • Making periodic assessments of the editorial board and recommending changes when appropriate
  • Acting as spokesperson for All Earth in public forums, meetings and conferences
  • Developing and maintaining beneficial links with the communities and associated organizations
  • Working with Taylor & Francis and Section Editors to identify opportunities to launch new Sections and explore any other opportunities to better serve the research community
  • To assure that the integrity and reputation of the journal is maintained at all times, Editors are expected to adhere to the publishing ethics outlined in COPE Code of Conduct and Best Practice Guidelines for Journal Editors.

The successful candidate(s) will be responsible for editorial oversight and decision-making across All Earth. Working with the Section Editors, they will set the editorial direction of the journal and will ensure that all editorial team members, authors, and reviewers adhere to the journal's Code of Publishing Ethics. There will be an agreed handover period with the out-going Editor-in-Chief(s) to ensure seamless transition, and we will provide the incoming Editor with peer review administration support.

Taylor & Francis will provide full peer review administration training and administrative support. Taylor & Francis will organize regular board meetings and will supply regular reports reflecting on the performance of the journal.

Submission information

  • Active in the community, with strong networks
  • Confidence, and the ability to engage with authors and researchers to solicit the highest quality submissions and special issues
  • Strong organizational skills to ensure that sections perform to agreed standards
  • Ability to foster positive working relationships with colleagues
  • A published author and prior experience as a reviewer
  • Previous editorial experience, which could include membership of a journal editorial board or acting as a special issue guest editor
  • Experience of using online submission systems
  • Knowledge of Open Access and passionate to promote its implementation
  • The successful candidate(s) must be able to assess the scientific merit of research papers, provide editorial direction, and stay abreast of and discuss scientific developments at a high level with academics and practitioners during travel to conferences.

Submission information

Interested candidates are requested to email a CV, covering letter, and a short vision statement addressing the journal’s potential future development to the Journals Portfolio Manager for Geosciences at Taylor & Francis, Chris Freeman at [email protected], by 10 January 2021. In your vision statement, please outline why you would like to work on a multidisciplinary journal, any previous experience working on a multidisciplinary title, and which subjects or themes you believe should be the journal’s primary focus.

All applications will be treated as confidential, and applicants will be judged on background, skill and experience.