UWLP Call for Editor-in-chief

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Application Deadline
13 November 2020

Would you like to be the editor-in-chief of the Journal of International Wildlife Law & Policy?

The Journal of International Wildlife Law & Policy's mission is to address legal and political issues concerning the human race's interrelationship with and management of wildlife species, their habitats, and the biosphere. This includes analysis of the efficacy of international and regional wildlife treaty regimes in conserving species (as well as national legislation and regulations enacted to implement such regimes), the impact of judicial decisions at both the national and international level, and the interface of legal and political institutions with other sectors in society that have a substantive impact on the management and conservation of species and ecosystems.

We are looking for a new Editor-in-Chief with an academic background in wildlife law, as well as the passion to drive the journal forward in an exciting period of change. Responsibilities will include commissioning contributions to the journal, making decisions on the acceptability of manuscripts, managing the peer-review of articles, editing manuscripts, compiling issues, and working with the Publisher to promote the reputation, success, and prosperity of the journal. It is a significant role, with high profile, but one that is achievable within a continuing busy working academic timetable.

The successful candidate will be responsible for editorial oversight and decision-making on submissions. He, or she, will have authority to accept articles following successful peer review, and will ensure that reviewers and authors adhere to the Journal’s Code of Publishing Ethics. There will be an agreed handover period with the out-going Editor-in-Chief to ensure seamless transition.

Taylor & Francis will provide remuneration for the role to cover any journal-related expenses. and will work with the editor to reflect on the performance of the Journal.

Becoming the editor of a journal is a rewarding and fulfilling experience where you will build your own networks, promote the research that you are passionate about, and be recognized as a leading figure within the academic community.

Interested in applying? Here are the skills and attributes we would be looking for in a successful applicant:

  • Someone who is active in the community with strong personal networks
  • Confidence to engage with authors and researchers to solicit the highest quality submissions
  • Strong organizational skills to ensure that submissions are handled in a timely manner
  • The ability to foster positive working relationships with colleagues such as Associate Editors
  • This position may be available as a co-editorship – please note your interest in this in your application.

The role will formally begin from 1st January 2022, with a transitionary period working alongside the current editor to take place in 2021.

Submitting your Application

If you would like to apply for the position of Editor-in-chief please forward your CV, a covering letter and a vision statement to the Routledge Law Portfolio Manager Gemma Parsons at [email protected] Your vision statement should be no longer than two pages and should cover:

  • 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

Drawing upon the findings from island biogeography studies, Norman Myers estimates that we are losing between 50-200 species per day, a rate 120,000 times greater than the background rate during prehistoric times. Worse still, the rate is accelerating rapidly. By the year 2000, we may have lost over one million species, counting back from three centuries ago when this trend began. By the middle of the next century, as many as one half of all species may face extinction. Moreover, our rapid destruction of critical ecosystems, such as tropical coral reefs, wetlands, estuaries, and rainforests may seriously impair species' regeneration, a process that has taken several million years after mass extinctions in the past. Additionally, the loss of species from all major categories contrasts sharply with what happened in the late Cretaceous period when most species of placental mammals, birds, amphibians, non-dinosaurian reptiles and terrestrial plants survived. This may severely deplete evolution's speciation capacity for a far longer time than after past periods of mass extinctions. As Myers concludes, within the space of our lifetime, just a few human generations, we shall -- in the absence of greatly expanded conservation efforts -- impoverish the biosphere to an extent that will persist for at least 200,000 human generations.

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