Editor-in-Chief, Ecological Management & Restoration


Ecological Society of Australia



Ecological Management & Restoration (EMR) is a peer-reviewed Australasian journal committed to forging two-way links between researchers and environmental managers to promote more ecologically based, practicable approaches to the conservation and sustainable management of Indigenous ecosystems. EMR articles draw on international science and practice to contribute to the increasing global knowledge on natural area management, particularly the challenge of integrating biodiversity conservation into physically and socially diverse landscapes in a rapidly changing world.⁠

The Editor-in-Chief (EiC) of EMR, together with the Executive, sets the journal’s editorial strategy (including journal policy, content guidelines and adherence) and is responsible for implementing the journal's editorial policies. The EiC serves as the chief ambassador for EMR through personal outreach and attendance at meetings and conferences, both face-to-face and electronically.

The EiC is responsible for:

  • Leading the Editorial Board and advise on the composition and succession plans of the Editorial Board members and mentor new members;
  • Attracting submissions from authors representing the diversity of ESA membership and the broader ecology community;
  • Establishing the journal’s standards for manuscript acceptance;
  • Setting standards for desk rejections and/or referrals to more appropriate journals;
  • Maintaining oversight of a well-defined peer-review process;
  • Maintaining the integrity and confidentiality of each author’s work while that work is under peer review;
  • Corresponding with authors, editors, reviewers and readers regarding peer review and/or manuscript decisions;
  • Ensuring efficient handling of the manuscripts by the Editors (the Editorial Board) and maintain frequent communication with the Wiley production team once the papers are approved for publication.
  • Handling incidences of error and allegations of misconduct, while keeping the ESA and Publisher informed, as appropriate;
  • Being conversant with issues and approaches around avoiding bias in evaluation and editorial processes;
  • Maintaining high scientific standards in the peer-review process and ensure that the journal adheres to ethical standards (i.e. COPE guidelines);
  • Delivering adequate inventory of high-quality manuscripts to complete issues per the agreed-upon schedule.
  • Providing (or inviting on a regular basis) thoughtful editorial comment on the more difficult or interesting aspects of restoration. As these editorials need to be thoroughly grounded upon both what is happening in the field and in the literature, the EiC would at least need to have a strong grasp of restoration and management issues in Australasia.

Working with the Executive Committee, the EiC also:

  • sets overall journal policy content and guidelines, and oversees adherence to these
  • oversees journal finances,
  • appoints new or replacement members to the Editorial Board as required., and
  • cultivates the performance of a diverse, Australasian Editorial Board, including the Executive and Editors

The EiC will serve an initial five-year term, assuming full responsibility as EiC of EMR in January 2022. At the discretion of the ESA Board, the EiC’s contract may be renewed beyond the initial term.⁠

A transition period will begin in September 2021, so the incoming EiC can work with ESA staff and the current Editor to learn about the journal, its processes and workflows. The ESA offers an annual honorarium of AUD$15,000 for this position.⁠

The ESA encourages individuals with diverse and global backgrounds to apply for this position. Candidates will be assessed on their track record in academic publishing, leadership experience, overall strength of their CV, specific knowledge of ecological applications, their connectivity to the ecological applications community, their available time commitment, and their vision for the journal.

The Ecological Society of Australia (ESA) is a not for profit professional membership organisation that has been promoting and coordinating ecological research across Australia for over 60 years.

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