Call for Co-Editor-in-Chief of American Entomologist

Annapolis, MD; August 17, 2020—The Entomological Society of America seeks candidates to serve in the position of co-editor-in-chief of American Entomologist, ESA's quarterly membership magazine. The selected candidate would begin their term in January 2021 and serve alongside current editor-in-chief Kevin Steffey, who will step down at the end of 2021 after a distinguished term of service. The new co-editor may then continue as sole editor or request the recruitment of a new co-editor.

American EntomologistAmerican Entomologist is a print and online magazine that shares relevant information and thought-provoking dialogue about the practice, value, and impact of insect science across a diverse entomological community. The position of American Entomologist co-editor-in-chief is a unique and rewarding opportunity to serve ESA and influence communications within the largest audience of entomology practitioners.

The ideal candidate should have significant experience writing, editing, and reviewing scientific manuscripts, both in research and of a general nature. A broad background and training in entomology are essential. He or she should be able to devote considerable time and energy to ensure that articles published in American Entomologist are of the highest quality and interest to a broad spectrum of readers.

The editor will determine the suitability of submitted manuscripts for publication as well as solicit appropriate articles and will work closely with authors to finalize manuscripts for publication. The ESA editorial office provides significant administrative assistance to ESA's editors-in-chief, so the editors can focus on the editorial quality of their publications.

ESA, the American Entomologist Editorial Board, and the search committee acknowledge and value all dimensions of diversity and are committed to building an inclusive magazine. Applications from women, LGBTQIA people, people of color, members of other historically underrepresented groups, and people whose identities are intersectional to these groups are highly encouraged.

Responsibilities:

  • Provide scientific leadership for American Entomologist.
  • Ensure that articles published are of the highest quality and scientific interest and that the peer review process proceeds smoothly.
  • Invite and recruit quality content for American Entomologist.
  • Communicate with potential authors and authors whose papers are currently under consideration.
  • Review submissions for quality and appropriateness for American Entomologist.
  • Direct manuscripts to appropriate column and feature editors, who oversee manuscript reviews.
  • Assign reviewers to and make accept/reject decisions on letters to the editor and obituaries.
  • Work with copyeditor to ensure accuracy of content published in American Entomologist.
  • Provide final copyedited text for each issue to designer according to production schedule.
  • Review final proof of each issue and provide edits according to production schedule.
  • Recommend candidates for column and feature editor positions to the American Entomologist Editorial Board and the ESA Publications Council. 
  • In cases of potential author misconduct, conduct initial investigations and, if necessary, refer cases to the ESA Publications Council for further action.
  • Attend and participate in meetings of American Entomologist Editorial Board. Typically there are two to three virtual meetings and one in-person meeting per year, with the in-person meeting taking place at ESA's Annual Meeting.

The co-editor-in-chief will receive an annual honorarium and will be reimbursed for expenses, including travel to the ESA Annual Meeting. Appointment is for a term of four years. The search committee will review all applications and forward a recommendation to the ESA Governing Board for approval.

Interested candidates should submit the following to the search committee via pubs@entsoc.org:

  • cover letter describing their qualifications for the position and vision and goals for American Entomologist;
  • curriculum vitae;
  • three letters of recommendation;
  • reprints of two published articles that best represent the candidate's work.

The deadline for applications is 5 p.m. Eastern Time, October 13, 2020. If you have questions regarding the editor-in-chief position or application process, please contact ESA Deputy Managing Editor Josh Lancette at jlancette@entsoc.org.  

ABOUT: ESA is the largest organization in the world serving the professional and scientific needs of entomologists and people in related disciplines. Founded in 1889, ESA today has more than 7,000 members affiliated with educational institutions, health agencies, private industry, and government. Headquartered in Annapolis, Maryland, the Society stands ready as a non-partisan scientific and educational resource for all insect-related topics. For more information, visit www.entsoc.org.