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Would you like to be the Editor of Physical Geography?

Applications are invited for the post of Editor-in-Chief for Physical Geography

The current Editor-in-Chief, Carol P. Harden, said the following about her experience:

"The recent internationalization of Physical Geography has opened up the literature of physical geography to new voices and to research from a wider range of environments. I enjoy sharing the happy news with authors that their manuscripts have been accepted for publication and, in addition to promoting good science from all quarters, am grateful to have had the opportunity to help bring new ideas, new approaches, underrepresented landscapes, and new researchers to the global literature."

Job Description

Physical Geography is a well-established journal that has been in publication for over thirty years. Physical Geography disseminates significant research in the environmental sciences, including research that integrates environmental processes and human activities. It publishes original papers devoted to research in climatology, geomorphology, hydrology, biogeography, soil science, human-environment interactions, and research methods in physical geography, and welcomes original contributions on topics at the intersection of two or more of these categories.

We are looking for a new Editor-in-Chief or two co-Editors-in-Chief with an academic background in physical geography, as well as the passion to drive the journal forward in an exciting period of change. It is a significant role, with high profile, but one that is achievable within a continuing busy working academic timetable.

The successful candidate will be responsible for editorial oversight and decision-making on submissions. They will have authority to accept articles following successful peer review and will ensure that reviewers and authors adhere to the Journal’s Code of Publishing Ethics. There will be an agreed handover period with the outgoing Editor to ensure seamless transition.

Taylor & Francis will provide remuneration for the role to cover any journal-related expenses. Taylor & Francis will also organize regular board meetings, and we will supply annual reports reflecting on the performance of the Journal.

Becoming the editor of a journal is a rewarding and fulfilling experience where you will build your own networks, promote the research that you are passionate about, and be recognized as a leading figure within the academic community.

The tasks to be undertaken will include but not be limited to:

  • Day to day manuscript management: desk screening of submissions, management of the peer review process, final accept and reject decisions based on reviewer reports, ensuring that the high quality of the journal is maintained. Submission system training will be provided.
  • Be an ambassador for the Journal; continuing to build, nurture and grow a community around Physical Geography. Networking to increase awareness of the articles published in the journal at relevant conferences and communities.
  • Strategy and development: working with the publisher, Taylor & Francis, to steer the development of the journal and implement key development objectives.
  • Commissioning content: encourage researchers in the field to submit to the journal. Generate ideas for topical reviews or special issues.
  • Working with the Associate Editors and editorial board: lead and engage with the Associate Editors and editorial board through regular communication. Draw on the Associate Editors and editorial board for support in managing the journal and contributing ideas for journal development.

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

  • Someone who is active in the community with strong personal networks
  • Previous experience as an associate editor or active editorial board member
  • Confidence to engage with authors and researchers to solicit the highest quality submissions
  • Strong organizational skills to ensure that submissions are handled in a timely manner
  • The ability to foster positive working relationships with colleagues such as associate editors
  • An understanding of research and publishing ethics

The role is for an initial term of three years and will formally begin from 1st January 2020, with a transitional phase from 1st July 2019 – 31st December 2019.



Submitting your Application

The deadline for application is the 20th of May 2019

Applications must include:

  1. A C.V.
  2. A letter of interest about why you believe you are particularly qualified for the role of Editor-in-Chief.
  3. A vision statement, describing how you see your role in the future development and direction of the journal (maximum of 1 side of A4).

To submit your application, or for further details, please contact the journal Managing Editor: Eilise Norris, Eilise.Norris@tandf.co.uk.

All applications will be treated as strictly confidential. Taylor & Francis will judge each on its merits without regard to the race, religion, nationality, sex, seniority, or institutional affiliation of the candidate.

Interviews will be held by phone or Skype.