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

Editors in Chief needed for AGU Advances, Earth and Space science, JGR: Planets  & JGR: Earth Surface.

Reviews of Geophysics is searching for a editor in the field of Biogeosciences.

Please see below for more information.

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2018 Editor in Chief Searches

Editor in Chief Needed for AGU Advances

AGU is looking for a dynamic, well-organized scientist with high editorial standards and strong leadership skills to serve a 4-year term as the Editor-in-Chief (EiC) for this exciting journal.

The EiC is the principal architect of the scientific content of the journal. The EiC is an active scientist, well-known and well-regarded in his/her discipline. The EiC must be active in soliciting the best science from the best scientists to be published in the journal. Working with the other editors and AGU staff, the EiC is the arbiter of the content of the journal. Among other functions, the EiC:

  • Acts as an ambassador to the author/editor/reviewer/scientist community;
  • Sets the strategy for the journal;
  • Leads the editor selection process;
  • Assigns and balances review work load;
  • Makes ethics decisions;
  • Reviews and contributes to periodic monitoring reports;
  • Conducts and attends meetings related to the journal and AGU publishing

 Journal Scope

AGU Advances is an open-access journal that publishes high-impact, novel, and timely scientific research advances in the Earth and space sciences. The editorial board will be formed from the AGU College of Fellows, including at least one from each section (primary or secondary for those sections with few fellows) to cover all Earth and space science and related interdisciplinary topics. Papers are expected to have broad and immediate implications in their discipline and be of broad interest to researchers in other Earth science disciplines, the broader science community, and the public. They will represent the top few papers published on topics each year. The size of the journal would be limited to 150 papers/year to showcase the papers and science but will likely publish fewer papers in the first several years as it develops. All papers will be considered as Research Articles (can be up to 25 publication units without excess page fees) and should include details on methods and data to support reproducibility. The journal will strive for as rapid review as possible while maintaining quality. The editorial board will send out only those papers most suitable to the journal. The journal will be supported by a managing editor position at AGU. Published papers will receive additional attention and publicity by AGU, and many or most will be accompanied by Commentaries and/or additional Highlights aimed at explaining the research to a broad audience. GRL remains AGU’s premier Letters-length journal.

Individuals interested in being considered for the position of Editor-in-Chief of AGU Advances should send a curriculum vitae with a letter of interest outlining qualifications for the position and expectations for the journal to pubmatters@agu.org. If you would like to nominate a highly qualified colleague, send a letter of recommendation to the same email address. Please specify AGU Advances in the subject line of the email response.

Deadline for applications is 30 October 2018

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Editor in Chief Needed for Earth and Space science

AGU is looking for a dynamic, well-organized scientist with high editorial standards and strong leadership skills to serve a 4-year term as the editor in chief for this exciting journal.

The Editor-in-Chief is the principal architect of the scientific content of the journal. The EIC is an active scientist, well-known and well-regarded in her/his discipline. The EIC must be active in soliciting the best science from the best scientists to be published in the journal. Working with the other editors and AGU staff, the EIC is the arbiter of the content of the journal. Among other functions, the EIC is responsible for:

  • Act as an ambassador to the author/editor/reviewer/scientist community.
  • Set the strategy for the journal.
  • Lead the editor selection process.
  • Assign and balance review work load.
  • Decisions of ethics.
  • Review and contribute to periodic monitoring reports.
  • Conduct and attend meetings.

 Journal Scope

 Earth and Space Sciences (ESS) Earth and Space Science is an open access journal publishing 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 particularly welcomes 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). In particular, ESS is seeking papers that highlight methods, instruments, sensors, data and algorithms that contribute to the Earth and Space sciences. The papers must highlight the application of these methods to specific data.

If you would like to be considered for the Editor in Chief position of Earth and Space Science, send your curriculum vitae with a letter of interest via email to pubmatters@agu.org. If you would like to nominate a highly qualified colleague, send a letter of recommendation to the same email address. Please make sure that you specify Earth and Space Science in the subject line of the email.

Deadline for applications is 15 August 2018

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Editor in Chief Needed for JGR: Planets

AGU is looking for a dynamic, well-organized scientist with high editorial standards and strong leadership skills to serve a 4-year term as the editor in chief for this exciting journal.

The Editor-in-Chief is the principal architect of the scientific content of the journal. The EIC is an active scientist, well-known and well-regarded in her/his discipline. The EIC must be active in soliciting the best science from the best scientists to be published in the journal. Working with the other editors and AGU staff, the EIC is the arbiter of the content of the journal. Among other functions, the EIC is responsible for:

  • Act as an ambassador to the author/editor/reviewer/scientist community.
  • Set the strategy for the journal.
  • Lead the editor selection process.
  • Assign and balance review work load.
  • Decisions of ethics.
  • Review and contribute to periodic monitoring reports.
  • Conduct and attend meetings.

 Journal Scope

 JGR: Planets is dedicated to the publication of new and original research in the broad field of planetary science. For more information on the manuscripts that JGR: Planets publishes, please read the Aims and Scope.

If you would like to be considered for the Editor in Chief position of JGR: Planets, send your curriculum vitae with a letter of interest via email to pubmatters@agu.org. If you would like to nominate a highly qualified colleague, send a letter of recommendation to the same email address. Please make sure that you specify JGR: Planets in the subject line of the email.

Deadline for applications is 15 Sept 2018

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Editor in Chief Needed for JGR: Earth Surface

AGU is looking for a dynamic, well-organized scientist with high editorial standards and strong leadership skills to serve a 4-year term as the editor in chief for this exciting journal.

The Editor-in-Chief is the principal architect of the scientific content of the journal. The EIC is an active scientist, well-known and well-regarded in her/his discipline. The EIC must be active in soliciting the best science from the best scientists to be published in the journal. Working with the other editors and AGU staff, the EIC is the arbiter of the content of the journal. Among other functions, the EIC is responsible for:

  • Act as an ambassador to the author/editor/reviewer/scientist community.
  • Set the strategy for the journal.
  • Lead the editor selection process.
  • Assign and balance review work load.
  • Decisions of ethics.
  • Review and contribute to periodic monitoring reports.
  • Conduct and attend meetings.

 Journal Scope

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.

If you would like to be considered for the Editor in Chief position of JGR: Earth Surface send your curriculum vitae with a letter of interest via email to pubmatters@agu.org. If you would like to nominate a highly qualified colleague, send a letter of recommendation to the same email address. Please make sure that you specify JGR: Earth Surface in the subject line of the email.

Deadline for applications is 15 August 2018

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Editor Needed for Reviews of Geophysics

 We seek a new Editor to join the board of Reviews of Geophysics in the field of Biogeosciences, with a focus on biogeosciences of the Earth system in the past, present, and future and the extension of this research to planetary studies.

This additional position will expand the editorial board from five to six.  Applicants should be dynamic, well-organized, independent-minded, and even-handed scientists with robust knowledge in this field. Previous editorial experience is preferable but it is not a reason for exclusion.

As editor you should be committed to strengthening Reviews of Geophysics as the leading journal and be proactive in attracting innovative contributions.

There is an expectation of promoting the journal, especially at conferences you attend, and helping to write highlights of selected papers published in the journal.  We hold regular teleconferences throughout the year, as well as a full editorial board meeting at the Fall AGU Meeting, to discuss management and strategic goals of the journal.

For more information pertaining to Reviews of Geophysics scope and review procedures, please read the Editorial at   http://rdcu.be/HVTt/

The search committee is committed to diversity and highly encourages women and minorities to apply. International applicants are welcome.

If you would like to be considered for this position with Reviews of Geophysics, please send your curriculum vitae with a letter of interest via email to pubmatters@agu.org.

If you would like to nominate a highly qualified colleague, then please send a letter of recommendation to the same email address. Please make sure that you specify “Reviews of Geophysics Editor Search” in the subject line of the email. 

 Review of applications will begin immediately after the submission deadline.

Deadline for applications is 30 Sept 2018

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Editor for Geophysical Research Letters

AGU is looking for dynamic, well-organized scientists with high editorial standards and strong leadership skills to serve as Editors of Geophysical Research Letters (GRL). GRL publishes short, concise research letters that present scientific advances that are likely to have immediate influence on the research of other investigators.

Please stay tuned for 2019 GRL editor searches.

Applicants should be respected leaders in the community, independent-minded, and even-handed. As Editor you should be (1) committed to further strengthen GRL as a leading AGU letters journal, (2) proactive in attracting innovative contributions in both traditional disciplines and emerging fields, and (3) able to commit to GRL’s fast publication pace. The Union is interested in attracting papers in developing areas and ensuring that readers of GRL receive the highest impact peer-reviewed scientific results in the most timely fashion possible.

As Editor you will

  • Have full authority to accept or reject submitted papers
  • Handle the review process
  • Seek out stimulating papers for inclusion in the journal.

If you would like to be considered as an Editor of GRL, send your curriculum vitae with a letter of interest via email to pubmatters@agu.org. If you would like to nominate a highly qualified colleague, send a letter of recommendation to the same email address. Please make sure that you specify GRL in the subject line of the email.