Recruiting for Editors-in-Chief

Critical Insights – A new series of author/reader centric journals

31 October 2023

About the role

The Critical Insights is a new series of high-quality, open access, author and reader centric journals from Taylor and Francis. The journals will be launching in the second half of 2023 and publish their first papers in 2024.

We are looking for 16 Editors-in-Chief for Critical Insights journals across a range of subjects.

The Editors-in-Chief needs to have a strong research background in their relevant field, and have the commitment, drive, passion, and ability to help develop the journal. Our Editors hold strong views on the future development of their field, are enthusiastic about promoting new ideas, and champion their journal (and Critical Insights series) to their communities.

We are recruiting for the following titles, Critical Insights in:

  • Biotechnology
  • Genetics
  • Food Science & Technology
  • Plant Science
  • Cell Biology
  • Environmental Toxicology
  • Geochemistry & Geophysics
  • Environmental Studies
  • Aquaculture
  • Agriculture
  • Zoology
  • Ecology

Becoming an editor is a rewarding and fulfilling experience where you will have the opportunity to develop, promote, and champion the outstanding research in your field and be recognized as a leading figure within the academic community.

About the journal

About the Critical Insights series

The Critical Insights is a new series of high-quality, open access, author and reader centric journals from Taylor and Francis.

With a focus on exceptional service for authors and readers, the Critical Insights series ensures that published research is ‘the best it can be’ representing the importance of the work and its influence on the field. Planned features include:

  • Speedy desk decisions with support from a desk editor for integrity and initial checking
  • Focus on constructive and positive peer review
  • Dedicated publishing staff and systems to enable high quality, responsive customer service, and outstanding production quality
  • Critical Insights Summaries highlighting the importance of the work and how its impact on the field

Key Skills and Attributes

Ready to apply? Here are the skills and attributes we are looking for in a successful applicant:

  • Active senior researcher in a relevant field, with an understanding of research and publishing ethics
  • A good understanding of Open Access publishing and Open Science landscape
  • Strong personal networks within your field/communities
  • Confidence to engage with authors and researchers to solicit high quality submissions
  • Strong organisational skills to ensure that submissions are handled in a timely manner to agreed ‘turn around times’
  • The ability to foster positive working relationships with colleagues
  • Experience acting as a peer reviewer for journals in the field

Not essential but highly desirable:

  • Previous experience as an Editor, Associate Editor or Editorial Board member for a journal in the field or an open access journal would be a distinct advantage

Application Instructions

A Role Profile for the Editor-in-Chief role is available on request. Applications should include your CV, a Cover Letter and a Vision Statement.

Your Vision Statement should be no longer than one 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 Publishing teams and the Editorial Board
  • How you would encourage high-quality of submissions
  • How you would work with authors

For any questions or the role profile, please contact Ian Challand ([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.