Call for Editor(s)-in-Chief of the Journal of Medical Entomology

The Entomological Society of America is seeking candidates to serve in the position of editor-in-chief of the Journal of Medical Entomology. Applications from sole candidates or from two people to serve as co-editors-in-chief are both welcome. Women, Black, Indigenous, and People of Color (BIPOC), and LGBTQ scientists, as well as scientists from intersecting groups and other underrepresented or minoritized groups, are encouraged to apply. The selected candidate’s term will begin January 1, 2022, although training and orientation would begin earlier.

The Journal of Medical Entomology publishes reports on all phases of medical and veterinary entomology and acarology, especially the biology, ecology, and systematics of arthropods of public and veterinary health significance. In addition to full-length research articles, the journal publishes Reviews, interpretive articles in a Forum section, Short Communications, and Letters to the Editor. The journal began publishing in 1964, and it’s 2019 impact factor was 1.925, which placed it #24 among 111 entomology journals in the Journal Citation Index. It receives more than 500 submissions per year, and currently has 38 subject editors.


  • A comprehensive background and broad experience within the areas covered by the journal’s scope.
  • Experience writing, editing, and reviewing scientific research manuscripts, as well as previous journal editorial experience.
  • Able to collaborate with authors, subject editors, editorial boards, ESA staff, and others involved in the journal in a positive, professional, inclusive, fair, and constructive manner.
  • Able to devote the time and energy necessary to conduct outreach on the journal’s behalf and ensure that published articles are of the highest quality and scientific interest.
  • Well-connected in the field to effectively seek out expertise, when recruiting new subject editors, recruiting papers, or finding reviewers.


  • Provide scientific leadership for the Journal of Medical Entomology.
  • Uphold the vision, scope, and policies of the journal and communicate those elements to authors, subject editors, and other stakeholders.
  • Participate in creating and implementing journal strategy.
  • Review initial submissions for quality and appropriateness of scope and assign appropriate manuscripts to subject editors, who manage the peer review and editing processes.
  • Work to ensure that articles published are of the highest quality and scientific interest and that the peer review process proceeds smoothly, fairly, and efficiently.
  • Participate in paper and special collection recruitment.
  • Recruit subject editors when needed, ensuring the group is diverse in expertise, geography, gender, race, ethnicity, and other measures of diversity.
  • Act as an ambassador for the journal at professional conferences and events.
  • Chair the Journal of Medical Entomology Editorial Board and participate in quarterly calls.

This is primarily a volunteer position, but the editor-in-chief will receive an honorarium of $4000 USD (in the case of co-editors-in-chief, each editor will receive $2000) and will be reimbursed for expenses, including registration and travel to ESA’s annual meeting. The initial appointment is for a term of four years. The expected workload is about 10–15 hours per week, but varies with manuscript quality and quantity. Editors-in-chief receive significant support in the management and strategy of the journal from ESA staff, Oxford University Press, and publication volunteers.

How to Apply

The deadline for applications is May 31, 2021. Interested candidates should submit the following to the Journal of Medical Entomology editorial board via cover letter describing their qualifications for the position and vision and goals for the journal; curriculum vitae; and reprints of two published articles that best represent the candidate’s work. A search committee of JME Editorial Board members and ESA Publications Council members will review all applications, conduct interviews, and submit a recommendation to the ESA Governing Board for approval.