Editor of The Planetary Science Journal (PSJ)

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Publish Date: 
Thursday, August 15, 2019
Archive Date: 
Thursday, October 3, 2019
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American Astronomical Society
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1667 k street NW, suite 800
United States of America
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The American Astronomical Society (AAS) and the Division for Planetary Sciences (DPS) are soliciting applications and nominations of candidates for the position of Editor of The Planetary Science Journal (PSJ). This is a new journal being launched by AAS Publications to serve the planetary science community. The search will be conducted by the DPS Publications Subcommittee and Ethan Vishniac, the current Editor in Chief of the AAS Journals. The Search Committee is looking for candidates that have a record of achievement in planetary science, experience as an author and referee in this field, and a clear vision for the future of the PSJ. Previous editorial experience would be useful but is not required.

This is a part time paid position. The Editor will be based at their home institution and is expected to devote approximately 20% of their time to managing the PSJ and coordinating peer review of submitted manuscripts. Their responsibilities will include

  1. Maintaining high scientific standards for articles published in The PSJ and the integrity of the review process.
  2. Finding Science Editors, as required, to supply the necessary breadth of expertise for the proper review of submissions and supervising their work for The PSJ. The choice of Science Editors will be subject to review by the AAS Editor in Chief and the Publications Subcommittee of the DPS.
  3. Setting review policy, e.g., the number of reviewers required, the use of dual anonymous review, inviting review papers, granting publication charge waivers, and organizing special issues of The PSJ. This is not a complete list but is meant to imply broad editorial discretion consistent with the scientific goals of the journal, the ethics code of the AAS, and applicable financial constraints.
  4. Whenever necessary, consulting with relevant experts in planetary science and on the Editorial Board of the AAS Journals (https://journals.aas.org/editorial/), and responding to requests for technical assistance from them. These consultations may include purely scientific questions about submissions or even requests for editorial handling of a submission that falls within a Science Editor’s area of expertise.
  5. Participating in the annual editorial meetings and the biweekly editorial telecons, in order to stay current on relevant events, problems, and opportunities in scientific publishing.
  6. Representing The PSJ at relevant scientific meetings.

Candidates for this position should submit a cover letter, CV, bibliography, and names of two references to [email protected], Chair of the Search Committee, at the above address. Email submission of PDF files will also be accepted. Nominations for the position may also be sent to the same address. Selected candidates will be asked to provide evidence of institutional support for their assuming the above editorial duties.

The cover letter should address the candidate's qualifications, reason for interest in the position, and ideas for the operation, management, and future of the PSJ. Nominations submitted by September 30 2019 will be given full consideration.

Application Deadline: 
Monday, September 30, 2019
Selection Deadline: 
Monday, September 30, 2019
Current Status of Position: 
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