Call for Editors

Science Editor Openings for 2022

GSA seeks applications for science co-editors for GSA Today, GSA Bulletin, Geology (one position), and Geosphere (two positions). The four-year terms begin 1 January 2022. Duties include: ensuring stringent peer review and expeditious processing of manuscripts; making final acceptance or rejection decisions after considering reviewer recommendations; and, along with your co-editors, setting the editorial tone of the journal and maintaining excellent content through publication of a diverse range of papers.

Position Details

GSA Today editors can expect to handle papers on a wide range of topics, and editors are also responsible for soliciting submissions of papers they feel would be of interest to GSA members and other readers. Areas of expertise that best complement the continuing editor include, but are not limited to: surface geology; modern processes; climate issues; environmental concerns.

Geosphere editors should be broadly interdisciplinary with specialization in a range of possible disciplines, such as: volcanology; magmatism; igneous petrology; geochemistry; geochronology; sedimentary geology; stratigraphy; planetary geology; geoscience education.

Research interests that complement those of the continuing GSA Bulletin editors include, but are not limited to: deformation; petrology; sedimentary geology; stratigraphy; geochemistry; marine geology; neotectonics; planetary geology; Precambrian geology; tectonics; tectonophysics; high-T thermochronology.

Geology editors should expect to handle 200–250 manuscripts each year, with ~35 active manuscripts on any given day. Research interests that complement those of the continuing editors include, but are not limited to: deformation; geodynamics; petrology; Precambrian geology; structural geology; tectonophysics; accessory minerals; economic geology; geochemistry–high-T isotopes; high-T geochronology.

Editors work out of their current locations at work or at home. The positions are considered voluntary, but GSA provides an annual stipend and funds for office expenses.

Evaluation Process

The GSA Publications Committee will evaluate applications and make its recommendations to GSA Council based on the combination of how a candidate’s disciplinary expertise fits with the needs of the journal and on the candidate’s application, which should provide documentation of the required and preferred qualifications listed below.

GSA affirms the value of diverse scientific ideas and the connection between diverse scientific ideas and a diverse group of contributors of those ideas. Accordingly, GSA welcomes applications from all qualified persons and encourages applications that highlight diversity.

To Apply

In a single PDF, submit your curriculum vitae and a letter of application that demonstrates how your interests and experience fulfill the required and preferred qualifications listed below to Jeanette Hammann, Deadline: 1 March 2021.

Required Qualifications

  • Experience as an editor or associate editor for a geoscience journal. Include details of the duties and duration of the position(s) held.
  • Demonstrated expertise in two or more fields in the geosciences or in interdisciplinary fields broadly related to the geosciences.
  • Demonstrated experience handling a significant editorial workload and ability to make timely decisions.
  • Because of the breadth of topics covered in GSA journals, the applicant must clearly express willingness to handle papers outside of their main disciplines.
  • Demonstrated ability to communicate clearly and be responsive to author needs

Preferred Qualifications

  • Experience with a GSA journal as a reviewer, associate editor, or editor.
  • Breadth of interdisciplinary experience to complement that of existing editors; demonstrated interest in interdisciplinary research.
  • International reputation and connections with the geoscience communities.
  • Interest in encouraging innovation; willingness to take risks.
  • Ability to support a positive team dynamic; ability to work with GSA staff and other editors to enhance the reputation of the journal.
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