Call for Nominations for Technical Editor in Sensors
New Deadline: November 14, 2018
The Electrochemical Society (ECS) seeks to fill the position of sensors technical editor for the Journal of The Electrochemical Society.
About ECS Journals & Research Areas
ECS has been long-heralded as the nonprofit home of the Journal of The Electrochemical Society (JES), its flagship journal. Published continuously from 1902 to the present, JES, the oldest peer-reviewed journal in its field, remains one of the most-highly cited journals in electrochemistry with a cited half-life of greater than 10 years. JES and the ECS Journal of Solid State Science and Technology (JSS) provide unparalleled opportunities to disseminate basic research and technology results in electrochemical and solid state science and technology. JES publishes a minimum of 10 regular and up to six focus issues each year and offers author choice open access.
ECS maintains 13 topical interest areas (TIA) with one technical editor for each TIA, supported by associate editors and an editorial advisory committee. Technical editors for ECS journals ensure the publication of original, significant, well-documented, rigorously peer-reviewed articles that meet the objectives of the relevant journal, and are within the scope of ECS’s TIAs.
Research areas for the sensors TIA include sensors for the detection and discrimination of chemical and biological species, as well as sensor advances and new methods of measurements based on electrochemical principles. Specific areas include development, implementation, characterization, fundamentals, and applications of chemical and biological sensors, sensor arrays, and sensor networks, including those based on inorganic, organic, and biological materials. Transduction mechanisms including, but are not limited to: electrochemical, impedance, resistive, capacitive, mechanical, mass sensitive, opto-electronic, radiation, thermal, acoustic, piezoelectric, microwave, and magnetic. Also of interest are applications of microelectromechanical or nanoelectromechanical system technologies including micro/nano-machining, fabrication processes, nanomaterials and nanostructures, packaging, and the use of these structures and processes for the miniaturization of sensors, miniature chemical analysis systems, and lab-on-a-chip and other devices. Both chemical and physical sensors are included.
Role & Responsibilities of the Technical Editor
Technical editors actively solicit manuscripts for their TIAs through involvement in their technical community, engagement in ECS divisions, and through work with ECS staff to effectively communicate to their research community and stakeholders. Technical editors ensure an efficient and fair peer review process and minimize lag time of manuscript submissions. They work to recruit and select editorial reviewers, and are required to adhere to policies and procedures for:
- manuscript submission and authorship criteria;
- peer review, evaluation of decisions regarding publication, and methods for reconsideration of rejected manuscripts;
- maintaining the scientific integrity and confidentiality of the peer review process;
- the identification and recommendation of theme/focus issues and supplements;
- handling conflict of interest and disclosure issues; and
- handling allegations and findings of scientific misbehavior and misconduct.
Technical editors must clearly communicate publication guidelines and policies, and oversee compliance. In addition, technical editors serve on the governing bodies of ECS’s divisions to ensure synergy between content in the ECS meetings and publications programs.
Technical editors serve as members of their respective editorial board and attend the ECS biannual meetings regularly. They work collaboratively with the editors, associate editors, and ECS publications staff to accomplish the objectives set forth by the Publications Subcommittee and the ECS Board of Directors.
Nominees for this position must possess and maintain scientific knowledge of the scope of the sensors topical interest area. Nominees must have qualities of leadership, integrity, technical breadth, creativity, motivation, and international reputation, and should be able to commit the necessary time to ensure efficient and effective performance of their duties. The technical editor oversees the review and disposition of manuscripts within his/her TIA, and works to develop content for regular and focus issues. A yearly honorarium is offered by ECS. Nominees must have published previously in an ECS publication. They must be skilled in the arts of writing, editing, critical assessment, negotiation, and diplomacy. Technical editors may not serve on an editorial board of any non-ECS peer-reviewed technical journal and must adhere to ECS’s code of ethics policies. Preference will be given to candidates who are ECS members.
A technical editor is appointed for a minimum initial two-year term, renewable for additional terms, up to a maximum of twelve years total service in this role.
If selected as a finalist, the candidate is expected to be available for webinar interviews with the ECS Publications Subcommittee in late November or early December 2018. The ECS Technical Affairs Committee will approve the appointment of the sensors technical editor.
Full applications are due no later than November 9, 2018. Those interested should send a letter indicating their qualifications for the technical editor position, stating why they are interested in the position, giving their previous experience with peer-reviewed journals, and noting of their availability of their time to fulfill the duties of this position, and a one-page resume.
All materials may be submitted to the director of publications, Beth Craanen, by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org.