Recruiting for Section Editor (Lithosphere)

All Earth

06 October 2023

About the role

We are seeking a Section Editor to serve as a senior member of the Editorial Board of All Earth and lead the ‘Lithosphere’ section of the journal.

The Lithosphere section covers all aspects of the solid Earth, including all areas of geology, geochemistry, and geophysics that relate to the Earth's processes and forces. This role is a great opportunity for an academic with a strong research background in any of these areas, 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.

At the heart of the Section Editor’s role is oversight and administration of a rigorous and proper peer review process. The peer review process will deliver:

  • An agreed minimum number of accepted articles every year
  • Within the Aims & Scope of the Journal
  • To an agreed minimum quality threshold
  • In an agreed publication timeframe
  • In accordance with the Taylor & Francis Editor Code of Conduct, with particular reference to Editorial ethics.

To achieve this Taylor & Francis provides an online peer review management system and relevant support. Within that online peer review management system the Editor is responsible for the following activities:

  • Working with the Editor-in-Chief to assess whether each submitted article is within the Journal/Section’s scope and is appropriate for further independent peer review.
  • Regular and confident use of an online peer review management system.
  • Ensuring all associate editors and members of the Editorial Board register for, and use, the online peer review management system.
  • Encouraging independent experts to register for and use the online peer review management system.
  • Ensuring all submitted manuscripts are considered in a prompt, consistent and professional manner.
  • Securing at least two independent peer reviews from appropriate experts for all manuscripts.
  • Managing Associate Editors and/or reviewers to ensure timely publication decisions.
  • Monitoring performance to ensure fair and prompt processing of submitted papers.
  • Reviewing suitability of referees.
  • Finding new referees when those approached decline, fail to respond or respond with insufficient feedback.
  • Ensuring that authors, members of the Editorial Board, and referees/reviewers adhere to the Journal’s Guidelines on Publishing Ethics to assure the integrity and reputation of the Journal is maintained.
  • Reading, summarizing, and basing judgements about acceptance, rejection, or revision on referees’ reports, and communicating this in writing to authors in a professional manner and within a reasonable period.
  • Requesting further reports for subsequently revised papers, communicating as necessary authors’ responses and arguments.
  • Liaising with Associate Editors (where applicable) to ensure workload is divided fairly, that their role and responsibility is understood and that expectations around turnaround and quality have been defined.
  • Communicating promptly, consistently and professionally with authors during the peer review and publication process.
  • Liaising promptly with Taylor & Francis staff and suppliers to implement necessary processes and improvements to the online peer review management system.

Alongside management of the peer review process, other responsibilities of the Section Editor include:

  • Proactively and effectively managing the Section’s Editorial Board (in close collaboration with the Editor-in-Chief) including refreshing its membership periodically to ensure appropriate expertise and diversity, providing members with updates, and arranging and leading meetings.
  • Acting proactively on any expressions of concern or allegations of research misconduct received about content published in the Journal, assisting and working with Taylor & Francis to resolve these according to the Journal’s Guidelines on Publishing Ethics.
  • Being actively involved in subject communities, identifying emerging research trends, and awareness and understanding of major developments in the publishing industry, such as open research and Open Access.
  • Taking part in an annual review of the Journal’s performance with Taylor & Francis to set strategic development and development goals, including the Journal’s Aims & Scope.
  • Reaching out to potential authors to encourage and support authors in developing their work and submitting it to the Journal.
  • Commissioning content and article collections for the Journal.

We welcome applications for Editorial Board Members and Peer Reviewers.

About the journal

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All Earth is an open access, multidisciplinary geoscience journal that publishes all sound, reproducible research relating to the atmosphere, biosphere, hydrosphere, lithosphere, cryosphere, the terrestrial Earth, Earth observations, planetary change, and human interactions with natural systems and processes. There are no constraints on themes, provided research meets the scope of one of the journal’s six Sections:

  • Lithosphere
  • Atmosphere
  • Hydrosphere
  • Earth Observation
  • Biosphere
  • Planetary Change & Paleosciences

All Earth aims to bring together research exploring the complex individual and interacting components and forces of the earth, as well as investigating anthropogenic impacts and interactions. As an open access journal, All Earth has a mission to enhance the scientific understanding and help translate the latest original research into evidence-based policy advice and decision-making to meet global challenges, in particular the global policy priorities represented by the United Nations’ Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).

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Key Skills and Attributes

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

  • 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 October 2023.

Application Instructions

A Role Profile for the Section Editor position 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

For any questions about the role profile, please contact the Geoscience Portfolio Manager, Dr Matthew Warke ([email protected]).

Please use the same link to add your CV if applying for Editorial Board Member and/or Peer Reviewer.


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.

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