Call for Editors-in-Chief of the Journal of Insect Science

Annapolis, MD; November 4, 2014 -- The Entomological Society of America is seeking candidates to serve in the position of editor-in-chief of the Journal of Insect Science. Due to the volume of submissions the journal receives, two individuals will be appointed to serve as co-editors-in-chief.

The Journal of Insect Science is an international, open-access, peer-reviewed journal that publishes papers on all aspects of the biology of insects and other arthropods—from the molecular to the ecological—as well as their agricultural and medical impacts.

General Qualifications

The editors-in-chief should be internationally recognized scientists whose reputation brings prestige and visibility to the journal. The ideal candidates should have significant experience in the writing, editing, and reviewing of scientific research manuscripts. A comprehensive background and broad experience are essential.

The editors should be able to devote the time and energy necessary to ensure that published articles are of the highest quality and scientific interest to the journal’s readers. They should also be willing to work closely with their co-editor-in-chief to advance the quality and reputation of the Journal of Insect Science.


- Provide scientific leadership for the journal, working to ensure that articles published are of the highest quality and scientific interest, and that the peer review process proceeds smoothly.

- Direct manuscripts to appropriate subject editors, who oversee manuscript reviews of standard research articles.

- Personally assign reviewers to and make accept/reject decisions on manuscripts that fall into special categories (Forum, Letters, Reviews, Commentaries, Invited Articles).

- Recommend candidates for subject editor positions to the Journal of Insect Science Editorial Board. 

- Participate, along with the Journal of Insect Science Editorial Board, in decisions on authors’ appeals of subject editors’ decisions.

- In cases of potential author misconduct, conduct initial investigations and, if necessary, serve on author misconduct panels per ESA’s Author Misconduct Policy.

The editors-in-chief will receive an honorarium and will be reimbursed for expenses. Appointment is for a term of four years. The Journal of Insect Science Editorial Board will review all applications and forward a recommendation to the ESA Governing Board for approval.

The deadline for applications is 5:00 p.m. EST on Dec. 10. Interested candidates should submit the following to the Journal of Insect Science Editorial Board via cover letter describing their qualifications for the position, including a statement of editorial philosophy; curriculum vitae; three letters of recommendation (with at least one from an ESA member); and reprints of two published articles that best represent the candidate’s work.

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