Position Vacant: JXB Editor-in-Chief

Position Vacant: JXB Editor-in-Chief

Job Description

Job Title: Editor-in-Chief - Journal of Experimental Botany
Accountable to: Society for Experimental Biology
Responsible for: Associate Editors and Editorial Board

The incumbent will be officially responsible for the journal from 1st February 2020.

Contracted 5-year term, renewable for a maximum of one additional 3-year period. The first 12 months is a probationary period.

Time commitment: Estimated to be at least one day per week.
Remuneration: The EiC receives an honorarium.

Overview of the Journal

The Journal of Experimental Botany (JXB) is a leading peer-reviewed Plant Science journal published by Oxford University Press on behalf of the Society for Experimental Biology. Research is published in five key plant science areas:

  • Growth and development - integration of internal and external cues determining development and architecture; reproductive biology.
  • Cell biology - molecular and vesicular trafficking; cell-to-cell communication; cytoskeleton; cell division; differentiation and death.
  • Metabolism - photosynthesis; carbon uptake and assimilation; resource allocation; nutrition.
  • Plant-environment interactions - global change; biotic and abiotic stress; symbioses; plant–rhizoflora interactions; mineral nutrition.
  • Crop molecular genetics - trait and gene characterization; molecular analysis; metabolic processes.

The prestigious Darwin Review Series is a highlight of JXB; papers for this series are chosen in the most progressive fields of research and authors are selected for their expertise and reputation.

Other highlights include the eXtra Botany section that provide commentaries on specially selected papers and the Flowering Newsletter that is the platform of the International Working Group on Flowering and aims to be an authoritative source of information on the latest research developments concerning flowering and flowers.

In addition to its regular issues, JXB publishes Special Issues comprising of reviews and articles from a specialised meeting or session at a meeting. Special Issues are a valuable resource for teaching and research purposes.

Overview of the Editor-in-Chief Position

The Editor-in-Chief is supported by a team of SEB staff in the Editorial Office led by an Executive Editor. The main duties of the Editor-in-Chief include:

  • To provide editorial leadership and oversight of the journal, retaining its status as one of the foremost academic research journals in plant science.
  • To lead on the peer review process: screening and selecting papers for review; assigns papers for peer review to co-editors and oversees the general conduct of the peer review process: 
    • To ensure a rapid and efficient review of all submitted papers
    • To maintain the flow of accepted papers at a level and on a schedule for regular publication
  • With the input of the editorial team commission special issues of the journal.
  • To chair the editorial board meetings, approving minutes and agendas, following up on the board’s action points, and implementing with the agreement of the SEB and publisher.
  • To articulate and implement an editorial vision and strategy for the journal that is relevant to current developments in academic and practice-based research, as agreed with the SEB Publications Management Committee, editorial board and publisher.
  • To makes periodic assessments of the general editorial board’s constitution, and recommends changes when appropriate.
  • To retain oversight of the overall editorial quality of images and text, forwarding accepted manuscripts to the Managing Executive Editor and checking proofs.
  • To work together with the editorial team, SEB and publisher to promote the reputation, academic success and prosperity of the journal.
  • To act as a spokesperson for the SEB and JXB in public forums such as the SEB Annual Conference.
  • To have input into matters of editorial policy and to ensure that wherever possible the journal adheres to best practice guidelines in terms of publication ethics.

Further details on the specific responsibilities of the position

Person Specification

The position requires the following skills, knowledge and experience:
Essential Criteria:

  • An excellent International scientific track record in plant science and its underlying sciences, with a strong record of publication.
  • Substantial and recent experience in managing or conducting research of international quality.
  • Proven leadership skills with the ability to work collaboratively with individuals and stakeholders.
  • A strong record of contributing to the review and editing of published material in the field.
  • An excellent international network amongst researchers.
  • Excellent written communication and interpersonal skills in English.
  • Excellent organisational skills, including an ability to work to tight deadlines and manage multiple competing priorities. 

Application Process

Candidates should send a current curriculum vitae and a covering letter that sets out their personal vision for the future of the Journal of Experimental Botany, specific objectives to achieve that vision (over the duration of the term in office) strategies to increase output, readership, reputation and impact and their approach to maintaining the quality, accuracy and fairness of the review process.

Nominations and personal applications from suitably qualified and experienced candidates are invited by email attachment to s.price@sebiology.org, by Monday 28th October, 2019.