Lead Editor – People and Nature

Do you work across disciplines? Are you highly motivated in advancing the publication of work across research areas? Are you interested in research exploring relationships between humans and nature? We are looking for someone to join our team of Editors on People and Nature.

About us

The British Ecological Society (BES) is the oldest ecological society in the world and our mission is to advance ecology and make it count. We have 6,000 members around the world and support the ecological community through our journals, meetings, grants and through our education, engagement and policy work.

Launched in 2018, People and Nature is a broad scope, multidisciplinary journal covering all aspects of the relationships between humans and the natural world. The journal aims to foster innovation and experimentation and particularly encourages submissions that stimulate debate. It is establishing itself as a leading publication in the field, with a broad, international audience, an active social media presence via Twitter and a dedicated journal blog. The journal received its first Impact Factor of 7.5 earlier this year.


About you

We are seeking a Lead Editor to replace our outgoing Editor Cecily Maller and complement the editorial team and to continue raising the Journal’s profile worldwide. The Journal’s editorial team consists of Editor-in-Chief, Kevin Gaston, four Lead Editors who are supported by dedicated editorial office personnel, and an international board of around 60 Associate Editors from 20 countries. The Editors work together to determine journal strategy and to increase the reputation and quality of the Journal, in addition to making decisions on around 400 manuscripts submitted each year. Further details about the Journal and its current editorial team can be found at http://people-and-nature.org/.

To complement our Editor team, we are looking for someone whose research focuses on geography or the social sciences and is familiar with ecology and/or conservation research and collaboration. Because of the Journal’s scope, applicants should have experience of working across multiple disciplines.

The ideal candidate will be a clear communicator who works well as part of a team and a good decision-maker who acts with integrity. They will have a solid understanding of their own field of research, as well as an overview of the wider scope of the journal; experience of reviewing and editing processes; commitment to maintaining the high editorial standards of the Journal; and an interest in ongoing developments within academic publishing.

The journal recognises the importance of a board that is as diverse as it can be to better represent the breadth of the science and scientists and, in order to maintain this diversity, we therefore particularly welcome applications from leading researchers who are female or gender diverse and based in Oceania or the Southern Hemisphere. We also encourage those from underrepresented demographic groups and geographic regions to apply.

This post is a part-time three-year contract (honorarium c. £3,303.52 per annum, which equates to approximately €3,790 or US$3,785) and located at the holder’s host university or organisation, based anywhere in the world. Some additional financial support is available to facilitate attendance at meetings with other BES Editors and to act as an ambassador for the Journal at relevant conferences.



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