Editors-in-Chief needed for

Journal of Land Use Science

30 August 2024

About the role

Journal of Land Use Science is currently recruiting for Editors-in-Chief. These roles are a great opportunity for academics with a strong research background in land use science, and who also have 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, as well as working to encourage and welcome new, relevant content into the journal.

We are currently recruiting for two Co-Editors to lead the journal as a unit. We will welcome applications from teams (details below).

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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The Journal of Land Use Science provides a central outlet for high-quality articles on theoretical and empirical aspects of land-use science at the interface of social and environmental systems. The Journal brings together an array of research perspectives at multiple temporal, spatial and social scales that contribute a better understanding of land-system dynamics and communicate scientific advances towards attaining land-system sustainability.


This journal has a critical role to play for the land-use community. Contributions range from conceptual and theoretical interventions to policy-related analyses, and from empirical case studies to cross-site comparisons, continental and global analyses. All manuscripts should be of interest to a broad readership beyond a specific case-study location. The Journal of Land Use Science features scholarship stemming from geography, economics, sociology, forestry, environmental sciences and other disciplines that have 'land' as a central theme in the study of coupled human-natural systems. We affirm our commitment to retaining the niche of the Journal of Land Use Science as the best outlet for interdisciplinary research on land-use systems.

For a more-detailed account of the issues to be addressed by the Journal of Land Use Science see:
Müller, D. & D.K. Munroe (2014). Current and future challenges in land-use science. Journal of Land Use Science, 9(2): 133-142.

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Key Skills and Attributes

  • Experience in academic publishing and familiarity with all stages of the process.
  • 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.
  • Experience with working effectively with independent peer reviewers.
  • The ability to read, summarize, and make decisions based on independent reviewer reports.
  • A commitment to communicating promptly, consistently, and professionally with authors during the peer review process.
  • A commitment to engaging promptly and efficiently with Taylor & Francis staff and suppliers to implement necessary processes and improvements.
  • A strong commitment to ethical rigour as well as knowledge of the COPE guidelines 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 proven track record as a key opinion leader and known figure within your academic discipline.
  • Actively involved in growing and developing your academic networks through conference attendance and experience of networking through social media.
  • Knowledge of and commitment to the open access publishing environment.
  • A vision and enthusiasm for the continuous development of the journal

The role will formally begin from 01/01/2025.

Application Instructions

A Role Profile for the Co-Editor 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 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.
If you wish to apply for the role as a team, please both submit an application with your individual CV but attach a combined Cover Letter and a combined Vision Statement authored by both applicants.
For any questions or the role profile, please contact Niamh Clarke ([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.