Series Editor – Ecological Reviews

We are seeking a Series Editor to lead the relaunch of Ecological Reviews, building on its heritage and driving the series into its open access future.

Tree canopy. Credit: Dag Leak

About the Series
Ecological Reviews is the renowned British Ecological Society book series. It consists of titles at the cutting edge of modern ecology, providing a forum for current topics that are likely to be of long-term importance to the progress of the field.

The series consists of edited, multi-author volumes and each volume provides a synthesis of understanding of a topic that has achieved a critical mass of knowledge in the past five years. Recent titles include: Rewilding, Grasslands and Climate Change, and Wildlife Disease Ecology.

The series is intended to be a source of ideas and inspiration for ecologists at all levels – from graduate students to more established researchers and professionals.

The series is making the exciting transition to an open access publishing model, with a new publisher and renewed funding. We are also actively developing the series in terms of scope of content, aiming to commission more interdisciplinary titles.

About you
We are seeking a Series Editor to lead the relaunch of the series, building on its heritage and guiding the series into its open access future. The Series Editor will work with the editorial team, which consists of dedicated editorial office personnel and an international editorial board. The Series Editor will also help recruit and support new editorial board members.

Applications are welcome from leading scientists with general broad interest in all topics across ecology and related fields. 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 in their editorial and own scientific work.

You will have experience of commissioning, reviewing and editorial processes; commitment to maintaining high editorial standards; and an interest in ongoing developments within academic publishing.

This is a voluntary role for three years initially, and can be renewed for additional three-year periods. The Series Editor will report to and attend the BES Publications Committee, and gets free registration and accommodation at the BES Annual Meeting.

Job Description

Purpose of the role
Working with members of the editorial team to relaunch the series as open access, commission and evaluate book proposals, and plan and implement strategies that will enhance the series’ profile, expand its reach, and better serve its community of authors and readers.

Selection criteria:

  • Evidence of an active and relevant publication record
  • Knowledge and understanding of broad trends in ecology
  • Experience of commissioning and editorial work
  • Ability to work as part of an editorial team, thinking both strategically and creatively
  • Ability to form, communicate with, and operate in, diverse scientific networks and engage with other relevant audiences, including through social media
  • Ability to consider multiple information sources or viewpoints, and act decisively
  • Commitment to the post and to the mission of the BES

Key responsibilities:

  • Lead editorial board meetings with support from BES office (two per year)
  • Work with the new open access publisher to set the strategic direction for the series
  • Identify priority subject areas and actively commission authors/editors to submit book proposals
  • Review proposals for suitability in the series, making decisions based on comments from the editorial board and your own judgement
  • Identify and recruit new editorial board members, including through the promotion of open recruitment calls, with a focus on ensuring diverse representation and participation amongst editorial board members
  • Attend and report at BES Publications Committee (two meetings per year)
  • Actively promote the series and the BES to your networks
  • Gather opinions from fellow academic ecologists: use this information to suggest changes in procedure, to develop new initiatives and/or to feed into general discussions about the strategic direction of the series


The BES values the benefits that diversity brings. We seek to create an inclusive culture and welcome applications from all sectors of society.

Interested candidates are welcome to discuss the post prior to application with current Series Editor, Professor Philip Warren ( or Books Editor, Kate Harrison (

Please send your CV, plus a short letter stating what experience you would bring to Ecological Reviews and how you would develop it over the next three years to

Closing date: Friday 30th September 2022
Interview date: TBC early/mid-October
Interviews are to be held via Microsoft Teams