[ASA] PASA Editor-in-Chief Call for Applications

Andrew Hopkins andrew.hopkins at aao.gov.au
Wed Aug 13 10:29:10 AEST 2014


The Astronomical Society of Australia (ASA) calls for applications for an Editor-in-Chief for Publications of the Astronomical Society of Australia (PASA), for a three-year term commencing on 1 January 2015. Applications can be made by sending a statement of suitability for the position, a vision for the journal and a CV to the ASA President, Andrew Hopkins (ahopkins at aao.gov.au), by 30 Sep 2014.

Full details are athttp://sifa.org.au/PASA-EIC.

About the Journal

PASA is an ISI-listed, fully-refereed journal, founded in 1967. PASA publishes new and significant research in all areas of astronomy and astrophysics. PASA also maintains its heritage of publishing results on southern hemisphere astronomy and on astronomy with Australian facilities.  PASA publishes research papers, review papers and special series on topical issues, making use of expert international reviewers and an experienced Editorial Board. As an electronic-only journal, PASA publishes paper by paper, ensuring a rapid publication rate. There are no page charges.

PASA's Editorial Board approve a certain number of papers per year to be made available without a paywall or subscription to the journal. All papers are indexed by the NASA ADS database; the ISI impact factor for PASA is currently 2.3. PASA is published by Cambridge University Press on behalf of the ASA.

Further information on PASA is athttp://journals.cambridge.org/PASA.

The PASA Editor-in-Chief

PASA maintains an Editorial Board of seven members, consisting of an Editor-in-Chief plus six Associate Editors. The main duties of the Editor-in-Chief are to oversee and adjudicate on the review process for all submitted manuscripts, to set the overall strategic direction for PASA, to promote PASA to the astronomical community, and to serve as an ex officio member of the ASA Council.

The ASA is seeking a new Editor-in-Chief for PASA, commencing in January 2015. Appointment as Editor-in-Chief is for a three-year term, with the expectation of a further appointment for one or more additional terms. An honorarium is paid annually, currently at the level of AU$5000 per year. The role of Editor-in-Chief will be selected on the basis of standing in the community, experience in academic refereeing and publication, and a compelling vision for the journal. The anticipated time commitment expected for this role is approximately 0.1 of full-time equivalent employment. The Editor-in-Chief must be a member of the ASA, or must be willing to join the ASA if appointed.

Interested candidates should submit their application to the ASA President, Andrew Hopkins (ahopkins at aao.gov.au), by 30 Sep 2014. Applications should include:

- a brief statement of suitability for the position, including relevant previous experience in the refereeing/editing/publishing process (1-2 pages);

- a brief statement of a vision for the journal's future activities and directions (1-2 pages);

- a brief CV (maximum 5 pages).

Potential applicants who have any questions about the role or the journal are encouraged to contact the outgoing PASA Editor-in-Chief, Bryan Gaensler (bryan.gaensler at sydney.edu.au).

PASA Editor-in-Chief Responsibilities

The PASA Editor-in-Chief is appointed by the ASA Council. The ASA Council also appoints an additional six Associate Editors, who each serve three-year terms on a rolling basis. The Editor-in-Chief, with the support of the rest of the Editorial Board, is responsible for the overall scientific success of the journal in the international astronomical community. Measures of success include number and quality of submissions, rejection rate, citations and impact factor, and timeliness of peer review.

The Editor-in-Chief oversees this by:

1) Attracting submissions of quality research papers to the journal.

2) Organising peer review of submitted manuscripts in a timely fashion, using Cambridge University Press' electronic submission and peer review system.

3) Providing strategic direction to the journal.

Further details on these duties and responsibilities are provided athttp://sifa.org.au/PASA-EIC.

Andrew Hopkins
President, ASA

A.Prof. Andrew Hopkins, Head of Research and Outreach
Australian Astronomical Observatory
P.O. Box 915, North Ryde, NSW 1670, Australia
ph: +61 2 9372 4849  fax: +61 2 9372 4880

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