Conservation Letters Seeks Editor-in-Chief

Vacancy: Conservation Letters– Editor-in-Chief 

Job Description: 

Conservation Letters, a Journal of the Society for Conservation Biology (SCB) owned and published by  Wiley, seeks a new Editor-in-Chief. The Editor-in-Chief oversees the peer review of manuscripts and is  ultimately responsible for all editorial decisions made at the Journal. In addition, she/he/they manages  the editorial board, develop and updates journal policies and author guidelines, ensures the Journal  follows the highest standard of publication ethics, commissions high-quality review articles and topical  special issues, and works closely with the Journal Publishing Manager, editorial office and production staff  at Wiley, and with the SCB. The position begins formally in January 2023, but ideally will have an editorial  transition starting October 2022. 

The Editor-in-Chief of Conservation Letters shall

• ensure the high quality and integrity of the Journal. 

• maintain high scientific standards in the peer-review process and ensure that the Journal  adheres to ethical standards. 

• ensure efficient handling of the manuscripts by the Senior Associate Editors (and the Editorial  Board members) and maintain frequent communication with the Wiley production team once  the papers are approved for publication. 

• lead the Editorial Board, chair the annual editorial board meeting, revise the composition of the  Editorial Board based on performance and need, recruit and mentor new members. • support the preparation and realization of strategic editorial plans to maintain/increase the  status and visibility of the Journal. 

• actively work to increase diversity, equity and inclusion in the publication process.  • collaborate with the marketing staff at Wiley on the promotion of the Journal. • solicit articles and special issues in consultation with the Senior Associate Editors and the  Editorial Board. 

• drive the journal development, including revising the aims and scope and implementing new  article types as needed. 

• develop and update journal policies and author guidelines as needed. 

• monitor the competitive landscape of conservation policy publishing. 

• engage new technologies to advance journal efficiency, impact, and diversity. • prepare an annual report on the status of the Journal. 

• represent the public face of the Journal, e.g., at national and international scientific meetings,  including ICCB biannual meetings. 

Desired Attributes: 

• Strong leadership and communication skills. 

• Strong organizational ability. 

• Prior experience with academic journal editing (e.g., Senior Associate Editor, Associate  Editorship, journal board member), including experience with online editorial systems. • An active researcher with an extensive publication record.

• A recognized expert in the field, with a broad appreciation for the diverse fields of conservation  biology. 

• A wide sphere of influence and range of contacts in the field of conservation policy. • Commitment to engaging technological innovations to advance publishing/dissemination of the  journal 

• Willingness to travel to conferences to promote and acquire content for the journal. • High professional and ethical standards. 

Application process: 

The submission deadline is June 15, although interested candidates are encouraged to apply as soon as  possible. Please submit a CV, cover letter, and one page vision statement on or before the deadline to:  Gillian Greenough, Executive Editor ( 

About Conservation Letters

Conservation Letters is a scientific journal publishing empirical and theoretical research with significant  implications for the conservation of biological diversity. The journal welcomes submissions across the biological and social sciences--especially interdisciplinary submissions--that advance pragmatic  conservation goals as well as scientific understanding. 

About the Society for Conservation Biology: 

The Society for Conservation Biology (SCB) serves as the premier international membership society for  professionals, students and non-profits dedicated to advancing the science and practice of conserving biodiversity.