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IBIS Editor in Chief

BOU invites applications

Applications are invited for the position of Editor in Chief of IBIS



IBIS is the quarterly, peer-reviewed journal of the British Ornithologists’ Union’s (BOU) published by Wiley-Blackwell. Publishing original papers from both the research and practitioner communities. We welcome original papers, reviews and short communications reflecting the forefront of research activity in ornithological science, but with special emphasis on the conservation, ecology, methodology, ethology and systematics of birds. The journal has a wide readership of professionals working in academia, consultancies, governments, regulators, NGOs and the environment sector. The journal is consistently in the top three (of 24) ranked ornithology journals and is the leading ornithology journal in Altmetrics.

The role

Joining a long-established and successful journal, this is an exciting opportunity to make a significant contribution to ornithology. As Editor in Chief you will head up a team of five other editors.

Core functions and responsibilities include:

* Overall responsibility for the scientific content, quality and direction of the journal.

* Overall oversight and responsibility for the peer-review and publication of manuscripts.

* Overall responsibility for strategic management, editorial team management, manuscript management and journal production.

* Working with key society and publisher staff on journal promotion.

* Working closely with the Editorial Board, Associate Editors, the BOU’s journal and business managers, society officers and the publisher.

Essential requirements for the job are:

* The ideal candidate will be recognised internationally for his or her academic publications, and have an impressive track record of academic output.

* Good time management skills and an ability to work to tight deadlines.

* A passion for ornithology with a broad interest in all aspects of ornithology, wider ecology, conservation, the scientific community and publishing.

* Enthusiasm, commitment, judgement and integrity.

* Excellent interpersonal skills and confidence.

* Excellent oral and written communication skills.

* The ability to read and assess the novelty, context and implications of submitted research to the journal from different disciplines.

* An understanding of what makes a well-written and accessible research or review paper, and the desire to work with authors to help them achieve this.

Other desirable skills:

* A thorough understanding of recent trends and developments in ornithology and ecology.

* An understanding of the benefits, and personal use, of social media for research purposes.

* Represent the journal at scientific conferences.

Applicants will have a PhD which uses birds as their primary research focus and previous journal experience to at least Associate Editor level.

The position requires around 2.5 days per month with additional days required for meetings and conferences. This is offered on a self-employed basis for an initial term of four years. The position is costed on 30 days work a year.

Applicants should ideally be based in the UK, or if overseas, to commit to attending two meetings in the UK each year.

Applicants should send a CV by email to Angela Langford (BOU Journal Manager) along with a covering letter that summarises relevant experience. They should also provide a personal statement which describes why they are enthusiastic about this opportunity, and states any limitations regarding possible start date.

Applications should be received by 15 May 2017. We will undertake interviews in June and would like the successful applicant to be available to commence work by 1 October.

About the BOU

The BOU is one of the world’s oldest and most respected ornithological societies with an international membership stretching across all continents. We promote the understanding and conservation of the world’s birds, advancing ornithology within the scientific community.

The BOU’s core activities are:

*Publishing IBIS as a leading international journal of ornithological science.

*Organising a programme of scientific meetings and conferences.

*Awarding grants and bursaries for ornithological research.

*Encouraging liaison between those actively engaged in ornithological research.

*Providing a representative body of the scientific community able to provide ornithological information and advice to government and other policy makers.

The BOU has a strong, global social media presence which we use to drive our activities and to promote ornithology at the widest level, particularly within the global scientific research community. We use our social media outreach to drive the online attention of IBIS papers and to educate our ornithological research community about the benefits of promoting their research and how to do this effectively.

Further details…

3rd April 2017