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Call for Applications, Editor-in-Chief (EIC), Limnology & Oceanography (L&O)

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The Association for the Sciences of Limnology and Oceanography (ASLO) invites applications for the position of Editor-in-Chief (EIC) for its flagship journal, Limnology & Oceanography. The selected candidate will be an accomplished aquatic scientist with a broad vision of our discipline and considerable technical competence in the publication and editorial domains. The new EIC will begin handling new submissions in Fall 2018 in transition with the current EIC.

L&O was founded in 1956 with a unifying emphasis on the understanding of aquatic ecosystems and is among the most frequently cited journals in the aquatic sciences. The journal currently receives approximately 500 submissions annually and publishes six issues with a total of approximately 2300 pages each volume year. In addition, Special Issues thatfocus on topics that are timely and of interest to a significant number of ASLO members are published annually. Virtual issues ─online only collections of selected thematic previously published papers ─are published several times per year. The journal Deputy EIC handles all Special and Virtual issues from conception through completion, in consultation with the EIC.

The EIC is responsible for ensuring that articles accepted and published in L&Omeet the highest scientific standards, and for attracting and actively soliciting seminal contributions in core and emerging areas. The EIC will recruit experienced and recognized individuals to serve as associate editors. Working with associate editors, the EIC will help recruit new manuscript peer reviewers. The EIC makes the final decision on adjudication of manuscripts, with the goals of promoting the best scientific research available and of ensuring and strengthening ASLO’s position in the scientific and scholarly publishing community.

Applicants must be dynamic, internationally recognized leaders in the aquatic sciences, and have a strong record of scholarly publications and involvement, preferably as an EIC, associate editor, deputy editor, or publications committee member. A keen appreciation and understanding of the needs of the various reader constituencies, coupled with a broad understanding of online publishing models, are essential. The EIC should be highly organized, responsive to rapid changes in journal publishing, and dedicated to ensuring a robust publications pipeline with continuously improving cycle times from first decision through publication. All ASLO Editors collaborate closely on cross-publication initiatives to advance the entire ASLO publication portfolio. A broad knowledge of ASLO’s journals and competitor aquatic science journals is essential.

ASLO partners with Wiley for the full support of publishing activities, including peer review services, production, printing, digital development, sales, marketing, and distribution of its journals. A full-time, highly experienced Wiley staff member serves as the Managing Editor for ASLO journals, working closely with the EIC and Associate Editors to ensure the timely, efficient handling of all manuscripts utilizing the ScholarOne online submission system. A full-time, highly experienced Wiley staff member oversees all aspects of L&O production, including management of editing, composition, and page layout. Wiley provides all ASLO EICs with a vast array of journal statistics, competitive analysis, bibliographic reports, and data to support and enhance journal operations and inform new initiatives.

The ASLO Board, with advisement from the ASLO Publications Committee (PC), is responsible for all financial and business decisions, as well as the journal scope and aims for the ASLO Publications portfolio. The EIC proposes and discusses with the PC any changes to journal scope and aims, new features, or article types. All ASLO EICs attend an annual one-day strategic planning meeting, typically in September, with Wiley staff at their headquarters in Hoboken, New Jersey. EICs also participate in Board meetings (typically held prior to ASLO scientific meetings) to share overview of journal processes, accomplishments, and future directions with the Board and fellow Editors.

The EIC serves a three-year term, renewable upon evaluation and recommendation by the PC to the ASLO Board of Directors. The EIC is evaluated annually by the PC and is responsible for reporting journal outcomes and progress to the PC and ASLO Board throughout the year, including in conjunction with scheduled ASLO scientific meetings. The EIC responds to ad hocrequests from the PC and ASLO Board for information throughout the year, and frequently participates in author and reviewer workshops at ASLO scientific meetings.

This is a part-time appointment and a highly competitive honorarium will be provided along with a travel budget. All applications must include a letter of interest, your vision statement for L&O(maximum two pages double-spaced), a copy of your CV, and names and addresses of three references who can evaluate your qualifications in scholarly publishing. Deadline for applications is July 1, 2018. All applications will be reviewed by the ASLO Publications Committee. Initial telephone interviews with selected applicants are expected to occur in August 2018, and in-person interviews for final candidates shortly thereafter. Nominations and applications for the position and any questions about the position should be submitted via e-mail to Robinson Fulweiler, PC Chair, c/o Sue Rulla at suer@sgmeet.com