Call for applications: Editor of Limnology and Oceanography Bulletin

Call for applications: Editor of Limnology and Oceanography Bulletin

The Association for the Sciences of Limnology and Oceanography (ASLO) invites applications for the position of Editor for its journal, Limnology & Oceanography Bulletin (LOB). ASLO is open to considering applications from a co-Editor team to lead LOB. Applicants should specifically state their preference (Editor or co-Editor team) in their letter of interest.

LOB is the primary member communications vehicle for ASLO, containing feature articles, editorials, book reviews, society and policy news, and other items of interest to ASLO members. LOB is a quarterly publication, publishing approximately 65 content pieces and 152 pages annually.

The Editor is responsible for the content of the journal, including evaluating submissions and commissioning feature articles, developing an editorial plan, soliciting authors, and ensuring timely review, adjudication, and revision of articles for the journal. The Editor will be actively involved in promotion of LOB content on social media (e.g., Twitter) and working with ASLO’s publishing partner, John Wiley & Sons, to promote LOB. In addition, the Editor collaborates with the ASLO Communications and Program Manager to ensure society and members news are represented in the journal. The Editor works very closely with Wiley in the production of LOB, including communicating with the managing and production editors for timely review of materials via the web-based submission system (ScholarOne), and review of page proofs, including final compilation and sign-off for each issue of the journal.

LOB manuscripts are solicited and selected based on their broad interest to ASLO members. The Editor will be responsible for significant author solicitation to acquire original, timely manuscripts for publication in LOB, with a minimum of two major articles in each quarterly issue. The Editor is responsible for ensuring that articles accepted and published in LOB meet the professional development and career needs of ASLO’s broad membership base. This includes compiling and developing Virtual Issues, as well as collaborating with other ASLO Editors on joint Special or Virtual Issues and other joint initiatives that promote synergy across the ASLO journals.

The selected candidate will be an aquatic scientist with a clear vision and keen understanding of society member communication journals and their role in providing timely, relevant articles that address member needs, challenges, and interests, as well as inform members about important activities, programs, and services within ASLO.

Applicants from all career stages, including early career scientists, are encouraged to apply. Strong communication skills, a record of involvement in scientific societies and communications, and the ability to forge a strong network of professional contacts are essential. An appreciation and understanding of the needs of ASLO members, coupled with good time management skills, are essential.

The new Editor will begin serving on September 1, 2021, to ensure sufficient overlap and transition with the current Editor who is retiring from the post in December. The Editor serves a three-year term, renewable upon evaluation by the ASLO Publications Committee and agreement of the ASLO Board of Directors. The Editor produces an annual report on journal progress and metrics for discussion with the ASLO Publications Committee and also presents to the Board of Directors annually, typically in-person in conjunction with the February ASM or OSM conference.

This is a contractual position, and an honorarium will be provided consistent with the effort required. Travel expenses to ASLO and OSM meetings, as well as the annual Editors Strategy Day meeting with Wiley, are provided.

All applications must include a letter of interest, a strategic vision statement outlining the approach to the aforementioned duties (maximum two pages double-spaced), a CV, and three letters of reference from individuals who can attest to the applicant’s qualifications for this position. Co-editor applicants should provide a single letter of interest and vision statement, and individual CVs and letters of reference for each applicant. Deadline for applications is May 3, 2021. All applications will be reviewed by the ASLO Publications Committee. Interviews of selected candidates will occur by video conference in early June. Applications for the position should be submitted via e-mail to Sue Rulla at

ASLO is committed to diversity and inclusion in all its forms. All qualified applicants will receive consideration without regard to race, color, religion, gender, gender identity or expression, sexual orientation, national origin, genetics, disability, age, or veteran status.

Any questions should be directed to Publications Committee Chair, Dr. Jack Middelburg at

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