Call for Editors
Archivos de Neurociencias is looking for Senior Editors to act as editorial leaders for the journal. Senior Editors are expected to show passion to drive the journal forward in an exciting period of change. It is a significant role, but one that is achievable alongside a full-time role and other commitments. The successful candidate will be responsible for editorial oversight and making recommendations and/or decisions on submissions, working in collaboration with the Journal Editor. They will ensure that reviewers and authors adhere to the Journal’s Code of Publishing Ethics. The role is offered for a two-year period and may be renewed.
The following positions are looking for new Editors:
- Senior Editor: Psychiatry
Researchers speaking both journal languages (English and Spanish) are preferred, but either language is acceptable. Editors coming from diverse geographical regions will be prioritized. Archivos de Neurociencias is committed to equity and inclusion as stated in the ALBA declaration for integrating the Editorial Team. The journal welcomes applications from communities that are currently under-represented among editorial boards, such as female researchers and researchers from less developed countries.
Description of the role
Using a professional online system (OJS), the Editors manage the review of submitted papers, making recommendations and/or decisions on which papers to send for double-blind review, selecting reviewers, and making and recording decisions on acceptance or resubmission. Typically, editors handle 1-5 papers at any given time, depending on the field. Expect to dedicate around two to four hours per week for editor duties. It is important that Editors be responsive. If an Editor goes through a busy or stressful period at any point, they can just let us know that they won’t be able to handle submissions for a period of time, and we will take it into account.
The workflow for a Senior Editor is described below:
- When asked to handle a paper, you should only accept it if you have the time to read it. Otherwise, you are expected to let us know at your earliest convenience.
- You should then read the paper within one week, consult with the Journal Editor, and make the recommendation and/or decision of whether to reject the paper (if it’s below the significance threshold or out of the Journal's scope), to ask the authors to revise and resubmit (if you think the paper can be published if some issues are fixed) or to send it out to external reviewers for extra revision (if you think the paper can be published unless the referees find a critical technical flaw). For the first few papers, always consult with the Journal Editor, who has a better picture of the acceptance threshold in your field and the Journal's rejection rate.
- If you send it out to review, invite referees within one week of receiving the submission. At least two reports are needed, which usually means inviting around five referees. The Journal Editor may assist you to check on late referees, and help you decide whether to wait a bit longer or to invite new ones.
- Once the reviews are in, consider them carefully and make a recommendation and/or decision. In unclear cases, you are encouraged to discuss the decision with the Journal Editor, who has a good overview of the selection criteria. You can also communicate with the referees to clarify inconsistencies. We expect editors to use their own judgement as experts in the field, rather than just taking reports at face value.
- Communicate the decision to the authors (using journal templates), and handle the next round of revision similarly, until you reach a final recommendation and/or decision of accept or reject.
Submitting your Application
The role is open to researchers who have already published in the Neuroscience field and are sympathetic to the principles underpinning the journal. If you would like to apply for the position of Senior Editor, please forward your brief CV (maximum 3 pages) and a covering letter (maximum 500 words) outlining why you would be interested in this role to our Managing Editor (firstname.lastname@example.org).
Requirements for application are he following:
- An established track record of research in the field of Neuroscience
- Strong attention to detail and an ability to manage workflows efficiently and meet deadlines
- Ability to work collegially as part of the editorial team
- Experience of the peer review processes as both a reviewer and author
Please indicate in your application:
- Your experience publishing and researching in this field
- Previous editorial experience
- Your vision for the journal over the next five years, including:
- The journal’s identity within a rapidly developing field
- Critical themes
- Your suggested strategy for developing the journal over the next five years, including:
- Supporting and attracting diversity
- Organising and maximising the contribution of the Editorial Board
- Ensuring academic quality and scholarly impact
- Engaging with developments in scholarly communication and research practice