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Call for Editor-in-Chief

Environmental Sociology

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About the Role

Applications are sought for the role of Editor-in-Chief of Environmental Sociology, official journal of the International Sociological Association’s Research Committee on Environment and Society (RC24). The successful candidate or team will take up the position in January 2023. However, duties will begin during a transition period with the current Editor-in-Chief six months before the official start of the appointment to ensure a seamless transition.

Applicants should have an academic background in environmental sociology, as well as the passion to drive the journal forward in an exciting period of change. They will be, or become, members of RC24. Editor-in-Chief is a significant role, with a high profile, but one that is achievable within a busy working academic timetable. Environmental Sociology is committed to ensuring diversity, equity and inclusion within its editorial team and decision making processes and, at this time, the journal is specifically seeking applications from scholars around the world.

    Role Responsibilities

    The Editor-in-Chief helps to achieve the journal’s mission by performing the following functions:

    • Take primary responsibility for upholding the academic and scientific quality and integrity of Environmental Sociology.

    • Oversee all aspects of submission management including the screening of submissions, appointment of reviewers and/or Associate Editors, provision of advice to authors, and making determinations on the acceptance or rejection of manuscripts.

    • Work with the Environmental Sociology editorial team and Taylor and Francis to develop the editorial strategy and direction of the journal and to act as ambassador for the journal, for example by promoting it at conferences or workshops attended by potential readers.

    • Convene meetings of the Editorial Board, as required, and maintain active correspondence with Editorial and International Advisory Board members.

    • Chair or delegate responsibility for chairing ad hoc subcommittees including the Biennial Prizes Subcommittee.

    • Report to the Editorial Board and to RC24 on performance of the journal.

    To assure that the integrity and reputation of the journal is maintained at all times, Environmental Sociology Editor-in-Chief is expected to observe and adhere to the publishing ethics outlined in the Taylor & Francis Editor Code of Conduct, which is linked to the COPE Code of Conduct and Best Practice Guidelines for Journal Editors and T&F/Routledge Editorial Policies.

    The Publisher expects to provide an annual Editorial Stipend to contribute to expenses related to the Editor-in-Chief/Editorial Team’s activities for the Journal.

    The Publisher provides administrative and editorial support to assist with the administrative aspects of managing a journal’s ScholarOne Manuscripts website, including checking all necessary files and information have been submitted, correspondence with authors and reviewers as required on technical aspects of submitting and reviewing, and sending accepted manuscripts into our production system.

    Applicants should have recognised expertise and an established record of published scholarship and should be actively involved with international networks within the field. Expertise in environmental sociology is mandatory.

    The successful candidate or team will have a breadth of knowledge in environmental sociology; an international reputation with extensive professional networks in the academic community; and enthusiasm for and commitment to maintaining and continuing to build the Journal’s reputation. Previous editorial experience is a very significant plus and familiarity with ScholarOne and will be an asset.

    Key qualities sought for the position of Editor-in-Chief include energy, enthusiasm, organizational skills, and the ability to meet deadlines and work effectively and collaboratively within a team and with a major commercial publisher. Applicants should have employer or institutional support for this activity for the duration of the four-year appointment.

    Submitting your Application

    We welcome applications from individuals or from teams who wish to co-edit the Journal.

    Applications shall include:

    • A statement outlining the applicant’s vision for the journal, relevant experience and scholarly standing (three pages max).

    • For joint or team applications, detail on how the roles and responsibilities of Editor-in-Chief shall be shared (one page max).

    • Confirmation from an authorized officer of the applicant’s institution that all relevant institutional support required by the applicant to perform their duties as Editor-in-Chief (for example, teaching course load reduction, computing facilities, travel assistance, etc.) will be available.

    • A brief CV (three pages max).

    All applications will be treated as strictly confidential, and each will be judged on its merits without regard to the race, religion, nationality, sex, seniority, or institutional affiliation of the candidate. Within this context, the following diversity statement will apply.

    For more information, please contact Distinguished Professor Stewart Lockie, Editor-in-Chief, Environmental Sociology.

    Environmental Sociology is dedicated to application of the sociological imagination to a wide variety of environmental challenges, controversies and issues. It aims to stretch the conceptual and theoretical boundaries of both environmental and mainstream sociology, to highlight the relevance of sociological research for environmental policy and management, to disseminate the results of sociological research, and to engage in productive dialogue and debate with other disciplines in the social, natural and ecological sciences. The primary focus of Environmental Sociology is publishing original, peer-reviewed scholarly journal articles based on empirical and/or theoretical research. Now in its seventh year of publication, Environmental Sociology is listed in the Web of Science Emerging Sources and Scopus citation indexes.

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