Editor Searches

Help shape the scientific quality of research published in your field

AGU seeks dynamic, well-organized scientists with high editorial standards and strong leadership skills to serve as Editors of journals. The editorial term is 3 or 4 years depending on the journal. Applicants should be respected leaders in the community, independent-minded, even-handed, and able to make tough but fair decisions in timely manner.

More detailed information on an Editor’s role and responsibilities and guidelines, as well as desirable characteristics, is available.

A Search Committee appointed by the Council Leadership Team evaluates candidates and conducts personal interviews with a small number of highly qualified individuals. The Council Leadership Team makes the final selection and appointment.

Are you qualified and interested in becoming an Editor? Know someone who is?

You are invited to submit your curriculum vitae with a letter of interest to the Editor Search Committee for your journal of choice. To nominate someone who is qualified, send a letter of recommendation to pubmatters@agu.org.

Current Searches

Editor in Chief for Earth and Space Science

Earth and Space Science (ESS) is AGU’s new, fully open access, online only journal welcoming high-quality original research papers spanning all of the Earth, planetary, and space sciences, including related fields in environmental science, geo- and space- engineering and biogeochemistry.  ESS will particularly welcome papers presenting and interpreting key data sets and observations that are critical, singularly or in aggregate, for a broader scientific understanding of the Earth and its environment, as well as our solar system and beyond, or papers that add to the understanding of such observations (e.g., methodology, theory, mapping, and modeling). ESS will thus help bring high-quality studies and observations to the peer-reviewed literature that are increasingly important for informing both basic and applied research as well as societal decisions. Papers in ESS are expected to be of high quality and represent a significant body of research.

The search committee is currently looking for candidates. See Editor Search for details.

Editor in Chief for Geophysical Research Letters

Geophysical Research Letters publishes short, concise research letters that present scientific advances that are likely to have immediate influence on the research of other investigators. GRL letters can focus on a specific discipline or apply broadly to the geophysical science community.

GRL is a Letters journal; limiting manuscript size expedites the review and publication process. GRL also publishes a limited number of frontier articles, by invitation from Editors. GRL’s mission is to disseminate concisely written, high-impact research reports on major scientific advances in AGU disciplines . With this goal, the Editorial Board evaluates manuscripts submitted to GRL according to the following criteria:

  • High impact innovative results with broad geophysical implications at the forefront of one or several AGU disciplines.
  • Results with immediate impact on the research of others and requiring rapid publication.
  • Instrument or methods manuscript introducing an innovative technique that makes new science advance possible, with immediate applications to AGU disciplines.

The search committee is currently looking for candidates. See Editor Search  for details.

Editor in Chief for Journal of Geophysical Research: Planets

JGR-Planets covers the geology, geophysics, geochemistry, atmospheres, and dynamics of Solar System objects, and the exogenic processes that affect these objects. Studies of the Earth, exoplanets, and other planetary systems are covered by JGR-Planets when presented in a comparative planetology context. Manuscripts dealing with new, original scientific results and theories that increase knowledge about the Solar System will be considered by the editors. Manuscripts that make testable scientific predictions may also be considered if the hypotheses to be tested are of significance.

The search committee is currently looking for candidates. See Editor Search for details.

Editor in Chief for Journal of Geophysical Research: Oceans

JGR: Oceans embraces the application of physics, chemistry, biology, and geology to the study of the oceans and their interaction with other components of the Earth system. Deepening the integrated knowledge of the sea utilizes new observational, analytical, computational and modeling capabilities to build upon established approaches in all areas of marine science.

The search committee is currently looking for candidates. See Editor Search for details.

Editor in Chief for Journal of Geophysical Research: Biogeosciences

JGR: Biogeosciences focuses on biogeosciences of the Earth system in the past, present, and future and the extension of this research to planetary studies. The emerging field of biogeosciences spans the intellectual interface between biology and the geosciences and attempts to understand the functions of the Earth system across multiple spatial and temporal scales. Studies in biogeosciences may use multiple lines of evidence drawn from diverse fields to gain a holistic understanding of terrestrial, freshwater, and marine ecosystems and extreme environments. Specific topics within the scope of the section include process-based theoretical, experimental, and field studies of biogeochemistry, biogeophysics, atmosphere-, land-, and ocean-ecosystem interactions, biomineralization, life in extreme environments, astrobiology, microbial processes, geomicrobiology, and evolutionary geobiology.

The search committee is currently looking for candidates. See Editor Search for details.

Editor in Chief for Space Weather

Space Weather: The International Journal of Research and Applications is an online publication devoted to the emerging field of space weather and its impact on technical systems, including telecommunications, electric power, and satellite navigation.

The search committee is currently looking for candidates. See Editor Search for details.

Editor in Chief for Journal of Geophysical Research: Earth Surface

JGR: Earth Surface focuses on the physical, chemical, and biological processes that affect the form and function of the surface of the solid Earth over all temporal and spatial scales, including fluvial, eolian, and coastal sediment transport; hillslope mass movements; glacial and periglacial activity; weathering and pedogenesis; and surface manifestations of volcanism and tectonism.

The search committee is currently looking for candidates. See Editor Search for details.