Editor-in-Chief needed for

Science & Technology Libraries

01 March 2024

About the role

Science & Technology Libraries is currently recruiting for an Editor-in-Chief. This role is a great opportunity for an academic, or a senior practitioner with a strong research background in library and information science, and who also has the commitment, drive and ability to help develop the journal. As part of this role, you will be responsible for the oversight and administration of a rigorous and proper peer review process that delivers an agreed amount of content of suitable scope and quality within an agreed publication timeframe.

Becoming the editor of a journal is a rewarding and fulfilling experience where you have the opportunity to build your own networks, develop and promote the research in your field, and be recognized as a leading figure within the academic community.

About the journal

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Science & Technology Libraries is a peer-reviewed, scholarly journal covering all aspects of our profession as librarians serving science, engineering, clinical investigation, and agriculture. It best serves this purpose by publishing the refereed papers of some of our most successful colleagues working at some of the most distinguished institutions around the world, as well as the vetted manuscripts of those new professionals whose insights demonstrate that their careers among us are on the ascendant. Our content is overwhelmingly composed of original research articles and reports of best practices in which some significant way, further the understanding and management of information resources in our area of competence in relation to their intended audience. Science & Technology Libraries accepts the following types of article: Articles, Reviews of Science, Profiles in Science.

Each issue of Science & Technology Libraries also includes:

  • Profiles in Science -- A survey of the life, times, career and publication patterns of a distinguished scientist, engineer, clinical investigator or agricultural expert
  • Reviews of Science for Science Librarians -- Extensive overviews of a development in science, engineering, clinical investigation or agriculture that bears watching by our profession

Science & Technology Libraries examines issues of everyday importance including:

  • Descriptions and analyses of the information needs of emerging sciences and technologies
  • Comparison of features, coverage and costs of new information products
  • Competition among publications, publishers, platforms, and the for-profit vs. non-profit vs. Open Access sectors within the STMA information industry
  • Examination of the accuracy & quality control of scientific information resources and publications
  • Institutional repositories
  • The relevance or lack of it in federated searching on retrieval of more specialized scientific and technical information
  • The impact of distance education on the in-person of use of science libraries and their electronic resources
  • The professional training of science librarians
  • The education of science library users
  • The evaluation of scientists and their grant proposals using bibliometric measures
  • Building strategic alliances and advocacy groups within your sponsoring organization and much more!

Science & Technology Libraries matters to the working lives of today's scientific, technical, medical and agricultural librarians, and serves as a foundation for the development of the next generation of information professionals in our field.

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Key Skills and Attributes

  • Experience of academic publishing and familiarity with all stages of the process.
  • Experience with working effectively with independent peer reviewers.
  • The ability to read, summarize, and make decisions based on independent reviewer reports.
  • A known figure within your discipline.
  • Actively involved in growing and developing your networks through conference attendance and association membership; ideally, experience of networking through social media.
  • The capacity to devote time each week to the role, and to attend Editorial Board meetings and training sessions as needed.
  • The ability to ensure all submitted manuscripts are considered in a prompt, consistent and professional manner.
  • The ability to confidently use an online peer review management system and ensure members of the editorial team do the same.
  • A commitment to communicating promptly, consistently, and professionally with authors during the peer review process.
  • A strong commitment to ethical rigour and commitment to ensure that the journal adheres to strict ethical standards at all times.
  • A willingness to proactively lead the journal’s Editorial Board, to include arranging and leading Editorial Board meetings.
  • A willingness to proactively develop the journal's area of coverage, so as to strengthen its position in the literature.

Application Instructions

A general editorship role profile is available here. Applications should include your CV/resume, a Cover Letter and a Vision Statement. Your Vision Statement should be no longer than 1 page and include:

  • Where you believe the field is going, and the journal’s place within it
  • How you would work in partnership with the Editorial Board
  • How you would maintain and increase the quality of submissions
  • How you would work with authors.

For any questions, please contact [email protected]


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.