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Call for Applications, Editor-in-Chief (EIC), Limnology & Oceanography (L&O)

The Association for the Sciences of Limnology and Oceanography (ASLO) invites applications for the position of Editor-in-Chief for its flagship journal, Limnology & Oceanography. The selected candidate will be an accomplished aquatic scientist with a broad vision of our discipline and considerable technical competence in the publication and editorial domains. The new EIC will begin handling new submissions in Fall 2014 in transition with the current EIC.

L&O was founded in 1956 with a unifying emphasis on the understanding of aquatic ecosystems and is among the most frequently cited journals in the aquatic sciences. The journal currently receives approximately 500 submissions and publishes six issues with a total of approximately 2300 pages each volume year. Special issues that focus on topics that are timely and of interest to a significant number of ASLO members are also published occasionally.

The EIC is responsible for ensuring that articles accepted and published in L&O meet the highest scientific standards and for attracting seminal contributions in core and emerging areas. The EIC will actively recruit experienced and recognized individuals to serve as associate editors and manuscript peer reviewers. The EIC makes the final decision on adjudication of manuscripts, with the goals of promoting the best scientific research available and of ensuring and strengthening ASLO's position in the scientific and scholarly publishing community.

Applicants must be dynamic, internationally recognized scientific leaders, and have a strong record of scholarly publications and involvement, preferably as an EIC, associate editor, deputy editor, or publications committee member. A keen appreciation and understanding of the needs of the various reader constituencies, coupled with a broad understanding of online publishing models, are essential. The EIC should be highly organized, responsive to rapid changes in journal publishing, and dedicated to ensuring a robust publications pipeline with continuously improving cycle times from first decision through publication. As the head of ASLO's largest and most prominent publication, the EIC must seek and implement ways to foster collaboration within ASLO's entire publications portfolio. A broad knowledge of ASLO's competitor journals is essential.

The EIC serves a three-year term, renewable upon evaluation and agreement of the ASLO Board of Directors. The EIC is responsible for reporting journal outcomes to the ASLO Board throughout the year, typically in conjunction with scheduled ASLO scientific meetings, and for responding to ad hoc requests from the ASLO Board for information throughout the year. An honorarium will be provided consistent with the effort required. This is a part-time appointment.

All applications must include a letter of interest, your vision statement for L&O (maximum two pages double-spaced), a copy of your CV, and names and addresses of three referees who can evaluates your qualifications in scholarly publishing. Deadline for applications is May 1, 2014. All applications will be reviewed by the ASLO EIC Search Committee. Initial telephone interviews with selected applicants are expected to occur in early Summer 2014, and in-person interviews for final candidates shortly thereafter. Nominations and applications for the position should be submitted via e-mail to Sue Rulla at