The Journal of Fish Biology is a leading international monthly journal covering all aspects of fish biology and encompassing all aquatic ecosystems. The Journal is owned by the Fisheries Society of the British Isles (FSBI) and published by Wiley.
The Journal has undergone several new developments under the current Editorship, and the FSBI and Wiley wish to appoint a successor from June 2019 with the vision to build on these developments and its current strengths. This is a very exciting opportunity and applications are invited from individuals working in any area of fish biology. The current Editor-in-Chief, Professor Tony Farrell, is stepping down from the role in mid-June 2019.
The Editor-in-Chief will be supported by a strong Editorial Team and the Journal of Fish Biology Editorial Office which is based in-house at Wiley, as well as representatives from the FSBI and Wiley. The post of Editor-in-Chief will be largely a strategic role and appropriate for candidates from a range of career stages, from a full time academic to those at a more advanced/part time stage of career.
The successful candidate will have:
• An international reputation and an established network of contacts working within fish biology and associated areas of research;
• Previous editorial experience on high quality journals, for example, as an editorial board member, guest editor or associate editor;
• The passion, commitment, and strategic vision to make the Journal of Fish Biology the ‘Journal of choice’ for authors and readers;
• A proactive and forward-thinking approach to develop the Journal in line with agreed objectives;
• An awareness of where the subject and publishing sector will be in five years’ time and of emerging trends in the subject area;
• Strong academic credentials and a track record of publishing in high quality academic journals;
• Leadership qualities and an ability to motivate authors, reviewers, and the Editorial Team;
• A strong commitment, as a Society-based Journal, to support and promote the mission and objectives of the FSBI. A more detailed description of the role is available in the Appendix, but key responsibilities will include:
• Developing, implementing and maintaining a strategic plan for the Journal, in collaboration with the FSBI, Wiley and the Editorial Team;
• Setting editorial policy and scholarly standards for the Journal, and maintaining and improving those standards;
• Seeking contributions to the Journal;
• Working collaboratively with the Editorial Team, with support from the Editorial Office, to oversee the peer review process and monitor key performance measures;
• Communicating with the Editorial Team on a regular basis and managing the composition of the Editorial Team, in consultation with the FSBI and Wiley, to ensure it is international, broad and current in scope;
• Working collaboratively with the FSBI (as a Guest of Council and Member of the FSBI Publications Committee) and Wiley in promoting the Journal and Society wherever possible through contacts and at conferences.
The position is for an initial period of three years commencing in mid-June 2019 (although the handover from the current Editor-in-Chief will begin earlier by agreement), and with a probationary period of twelve months. The initial term may be extended by mutual agreement. The Editor-in-Chief will be appointed by, and report to, representatives from the FSBI, and the role carries an annual honorarium. The Editor-inChief will be expected to be strongly committed to the mission and objectives of the Society and contribute as agreed to the FSBI Council meetings and serve as a member of the FSBI Publications Committee.
Candidates should submit their CV together with a covering letter outlining their suitability for the role. For more information or for further discussion of the role, please do not hesitate to contact Gary Carvalho (FSBI) at g.r.carvalho[at]bangor[dot]ac[dot]uk or Rosie Trice (Wiley) at rtrice[at]wiley[dot]com. Applications should be submitted by email to Rosie Trice (rtrice[at]wiley[dot]com). The closing date for applications is 25th March 2019. Interviews are expected to take place on 11th April 2019 (in person preferably or by Skype).