Applied Earth Science: Transactions of the Institutions of Mining and Metallurgy Would you like to be the next Editor of Applied Earth Science: Transactions of the Institutions of Mining and Metallurgy?

Applied Earth Science

Applied Earth Science is a peer-reviewed journal devoted to the application of the earth sciences in the exploration, discovery, development and exploitation of mineral resources. The journal's broad range of interests serve an international readership that includes industry exploration and mining geologists, and geoscience researchers, whose common concern is knowledge and use of the Earth's mineral resources. Applied Earth Science is the technical journal of the Institute of Materials, Minerals and Mining (IOM3) and the Australasian Institute of Minerals and Mining (AusIMM).

We are looking for a new Editor with a background in earth sciences, as well as the passion to drive the journal forward in an exciting period of change. It is a significant role, but one that is achievable within a continuing busy working schedule.

The successful candidate will be responsible for editorial oversight and decision-making on submissions. He, or she, will have authority to accept articles following successful peer review, and will ensure that reviewers and authors adhere to the Journal’s Code of Publishing Ethics.

Taylor & Francis will provide remuneration for the role to cover any journal-related expenses. Taylor & Francis will also organise regular board meetings, and we will supply annual reports reflecting on the performance of the Journal. The Journal utilises an online editorial office system which the Editor will be offered training on, and on which peer-review admin support is provided.
Becoming the editor of a journal is a rewarding and fulfilling experience where you will build your own networks, promote the research that you are passionate about, and be recognized as a leading figure within the academic community.

Interested in applying? Here are the skills and attributes we are looking for in a successful applicant:

Editorial duties:

  • Be the Ambassador for the Journal; build, nurture, and grow a community around it.
  • Increase awareness of the articles published in the Journal in all relevant communities and amongst colleagues.
  • With Taylor & Francis, identify strategies to enhance the quality and reputation of the Journal, its citation levels, and readership/circulation.
  • Expand the current Editorial Board and reviewer pool, and subsequently work with these scholars and industry representatives to advance the Journal’s quality, profile, and impact.
  • Encourage the submission of articles to the Journal from expert researchers in the field including colleagues.
  • Generate ideas for Special Issues and reviews.
  • Ensure that published content reflects the highest standards of academic and scientific rigour and excellence.
  • Handle the peer review of contributions via the Editorial Manager online submission system using editorial best practices. Liaise with authors in order to take manuscripts to acceptance and make any necessary corrections.
  • Support the selection process for the annual IOM3 and AusIMM publication prizes.
  • With Taylor & Francis, convene annual editorial board conference calls to review Journal performance and discuss strategy.
  • Liaise with Taylor & Francis and Board members regarding future strategy and direction of the Journal as well as flow of submissions etc.

Person specification:

While not every candidate will hold all the following qualifications, and each candidate’s application will be weighed individually, we value the following:

  • Demonstrated scholarship in applied earth science research and practice, as well as commitment to the value of scholarship and the literature. Demonstrated industry awareness and involvement.
  • Previous editorial experience of some kind (editor, editorial board member, regular reviewer), and a proven ability to manage the editorial process.
  • Someone who is active in the community with strong personal networks.
  • Confidence to engage with authors and researchers to solicit the highest quality submissions.
  • Strong organizational skills to ensure that submissions are handled in a timely manner.
  • The ability to foster positive working relationships with colleagues such as Associate Editors.
  • Enthusiasm about the Journal’s mission with positive vision for its development.

The role will formally begin from 1st January 2019.

Submitting your Application

Applications must include:

1. A letter of interest, specifically referring to why you believe you are particularly qualified for the role of Editor for Applied Earth Science.

2. A vision statement, describing how you see your role in the future development and direction of the journal (maximum of 1 side of A4). You may want to consider the following:

  • Where you believe the field is going, and the journal’s place within it
  • How you would work in partnership with the editorial board
  • How you would maintain and increase the quality of submissions
  • How you would work with authors

3. A curriculum vitae.

All applications will be treated as strictly confidential. Taylor & Francis will judge each on its merits without regard to the race, religion, nationality, sex, seniority, or institutional affiliation of the candidate.

Applications will be accepted until Monday 3rd December. Interviews will be held in December 2018.

To submit your application, or for further details, please contact: Rose Worrell (Managing Editor, Materials Science) at