The National Committee of the Australian Geomechanics Society (AGS) invites expressions of interest from individuals interested in taking on the Editor role of our quarterly journal, Australian Geomechanics. The position would suit an experienced (Senior or Principal) geotechnical professional who is retired, on the cusp of retirement or works part-time. However, anyone with the requisite ability and the opportunity
to devote the necessary time to the position is encouraged to apply. Applications open 1st September 2023.
The journal is published quarterly – in March, June, September and December. Generally, the deadline for receiving final content is the 5th day of the month prior to publication and putting together the issue, with the direct support of a graphic designer, takes up to 2 weeks. The average effort is approximately 4- 5 hours / week, but varies from week to week depending upon the timing of the journal production cycle and the timing of submissions received.
Full training will be provided, and a modest stipend applies to the role.
General responsibilities of the Editor role include:
- Managing article peer review and editing of articles. Australian Geomechanics uses the Scholastica journal peer review management system.
- Resolving problems that arise from time to time, such as plagiarism and ensuring articles are original and have not been previously published.
- Minor final formatting of papers to be print- ready, and proof reading of other content for the journal. Applicants should have a good eye for detail and experience in writing, editing, and proof reading.
- Liaison with AGS Chapters, Secretariat, Vice-Presidents (or liaisons) of international societies (ISSMGE, ISRM and IAEG) and Executive for content other than articles to be included in the journal.
- Content registration (DOI and associated metadata of articles) in Crossref.
- Liaison with Advertisement Coordinator for advertisement matters.
- Contributing to strategic development of the Journal.
- Attracting submissions and themed issue proposals to the Journal to ensure continued relevance and quality of content. Themed issues normally have a champion (guest editor), but standard peer-review process and requirements are applicable.
- Maintaining regular communication with the AGS Executive.
- Prepare reports and attend meetings of the AGS National Committee.
Interested applicants should send a short CV and a statement outlining their interest in seeking the position of Editor of Australian Geomechanics, and their overall objectives for the role. Ideally, applications should explicitly address the individual’s aims and vision for Australian Geomechanics, suggested steps to be taken to sustain the pool of high-quality papers, and the expansion of the readership of the journal.
The AGS is seeking an initial term for the role of three years. The AGS is also seeking to fill the position of Assistant Editor/s to provide support with the tasks.
Enquiries regarding what the position entails can be addressed to the Interim Editor, Hugo Acosta- Martinez ([email protected]).
EOI applications should be sent to Jon Gibbs, AGS Secretary ([email protected]).
The process will remain open until a suitable candidate is appointed.