We’re hiring — JEB Editorial Board restructure

As announced in a recent edit­or­i­al, we will restruc­ture the JEB edit­or­i­al board for the begin­ning of 2023 and are call­ing for applic­a­tions for two types of pos­i­tions, Hand­ling Edit­ors and Asso­ci­ate Edit­ors.

Motivation for the upcoming changes

JEB’s board has long con­sisted of a small group of Decid­ing Edit­ors, who handle sub­mis­sions by soli­cit­ing reviews and tak­ing inde­pend­ent decisions. This struc­ture has served us well in the past and allowed us to main­tain rel­at­ively fast decision times. How­ever, evol­u­tion­ary research is now more tech­nic­ally spe­cial­ised and geo­graph­ic­ally diverse. It is for this reas­on that we will switch from the small cur­rent board of Decid­ing Edit­ors to a lar­ger struc­ture with a small group of Hand­ling Edit­ors (who will triage manu­scripts and make final decisions), sup­por­ted by a wider board of Asso­ci­ate Edit­ors (who invite reviews and recom­mend decisions). This struc­ture com­bines the advant­ages of—on one hand—consistency of decision-mak­ing through the Hand­ling Edit­ors who deal with many sub­mis­sions, and—on the oth­er hand—fine-grained, spe­cial­ist expert­ise through the Asso­ci­ate Edit­ors who over­see assess­ment of few manu­scripts. In addi­tion to fur­ther increas­ing the qual­ity of peer review, the restruc­ture will allow us to make our board more diverse and inclus­ive in terms of gender and geo­graphy. Finally, the res­ult­ing increased size of the board will broaden JEB’s reach into the community—an import­ant aspect for a soci­ety journ­al such as JEB.

Call for applications

We are aim­ing to make the switch to the new board struc­ture in early 2023 and are now call­ing for applic­a­tions for the two types of pos­i­tions, Hand­ling Edit­ors and Asso­ci­ate Editors. 

Handling Editors

Your tasks in this role would con­sist of

  • triaging incom­ing sub­mis­sions for their gen­er­al suit­ab­il­ity to pub­lic­a­tion in JEB, 
  • assign­ing manu­scripts to suit­able Asso­ci­ate Editors,
  • tak­ing final decisions on manu­scripts based on review­ers’ com­ments, the Asso­ci­ate Editor’s recom­mend­a­tion and your own reading,
  • con­trib­ut­ing to grow­ing and devel­op­ing JEB.

Ideal can­did­ates for this role have exper­i­ence as review­ers and from pre­vi­ous edit­or­i­al roles (such as Asso­ci­ate Edit­or­ships). For the cur­rent intake, the role has a 2–4 year term (nego­ti­able). Hold­ers will receive a yearly hon­or­ari­um and ESEB will cov­er regis­tra­tion to their con­fer­ences and costs to attend edit­or­i­al board meetings.

To apply for a Hand­ling Edit­or pos­i­tion, please send us a short CV, a one-page cov­er let­ter describ­ing your motiv­a­tion for join­ing the JEB board and pre­vi­ous exper­i­ence qual­i­fy­ing you for this post, and keywords describ­ing the topic(s) of your research, the approaches used and the organism(s) of study. Applic­a­tion mater­i­als should be sent to jeb.office@eseb.org by 28th Octo­ber 2022. We will hold inter­views of short­l­is­ted can­did­ates in late 2022.

Associate Editors

Your tasks in this role would con­sist of

  • assess­ing sub­mis­sions assigned to you for their gen­er­al suit­ab­il­ity to pub­lic­a­tion in JEB, 
  • secur­ing reviews,
  • recom­mend decisions based on review­ers’ com­ments and your own reading,
  • being an ambas­sad­or for JEB in your community.

Ideal can­did­ates for this role have exper­i­ence as review­ers. We are happy to con­sider applic­a­tions from ECRs and can envis­age offer­ing a num­ber of juni­or pos­i­tions with a smal­ler work­load and ment­or­ing from more exper­i­enced editors.

For the cur­rent intake, the role has a 2–4 year term nego­ti­able). ESEB will provide funds for AEs to attend the society’s conferences.

To apply for an Asso­ci­ate Edit­or pos­i­tion, please send us a CV, a one-page cov­er let­ter describ­ing your motiv­a­tion for join­ing the JEB board and pre­vi­ous exper­i­ence qual­i­fy­ing you for this post, and keywords describ­ing the topic(s) of your research, the approaches used and the organism(s) of study. Applic­a­tion mater­i­als should be sent to jeb.office@eseb.org by 28th Octo­ber 2022. We will select suit­able can­did­ates based on this inform­a­tion in late 2022.

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