Editor-in-Chief of Agriculture and Human Values

RHN 20/2019 | Opportunity

Editor-in-Chief of Agriculture and Human Values

Closing date for applications: 31 March 2019

Agriculture and Human Values is the journal of the Agriculture, Food, and Human Values Society. The journal, like the Society, is dedicated to an open and free discussion of the values that shape and the structures that underlie current and alternative visions of food and agricultural systems. To this end the journal publishes interdisciplinary research that critically examines the values, relationships, conflicts, and contradictions within contemporary agricultural and food systems and that addresses the impact of agricultural and food-related institutions, policies, and practices on human populations, the environment, democratic governance, and social equity.

Agriculture and Human Values is a top-tier journal. According to the Journal Citation Reports, the Impact Factor (IF) for the journal is 2.568, and its 5-year IF is 3.348. The journal is ranked #1 out of 61 in the category of History & Philosophy of Science; #5 out of 56 in the category Multidisciplinary agriculture; and #16 out of 146 in Sociology.

The Society is seeking applications for Editor-in-Chief of Agriculture and Human Values. The Editor-in-Chief will work closely with Springer, which publishes the journal, as well as with the journal’s associate editors and editorial board in managing the journal and editorial process. The Editor-in-Chief may not serve as an editor of another publication without the express approval of the Society’s executive committee (serving on the editorial board of other journals is allowed).

Specific responsibilities include, but are not necessarily limited to, the following:

  1. Evaluating submitted papers for suitability and appropriateness.
  2. Identifying and inviting reviewers to evaluate submitted papers.
  3. Making editorial decisions on submitted papers, including rejection, revision, or acceptance of papers, based on own reading and recommendations and reports of reviewers.
  4. Performing basic copyediting of accepted papers.
  5. Preparing and submitting to Springer the table of contents, including the assignment of regular papers, articles in symposia, book reviews, and books received list.
  6. Evaluating proposed special issues or symposia for appropriateness and working with their editors on planned paper collections.
  7. Adjudicating questions, concerns, or other issues that might be raised by readers, authors, the publisher, or others regarding the journal.
  8. Serving on the executive committee of the Agriculture, Food and Human Values Society.
  9. Preparing annual reports of the journal for the Society’s annual board meeting.
  10. Appointing and maintaining the journal’s editorial board.


How to Apply

Those interested in applying for the position should submit:

  • Letter of interest
  • Current curriculum vitae
  • Statement of support from department head/chair or dean of the applicant’s host institution

The letter of interest should address the following questions:

  • What is your vision for the journal?
  • What is your editorial experience?
  • What support (e.g., funding, office space, staff support) might you receive from your institution?

Review of applications begins March 31, 2019.

Please direct inquiries and send application materials to: Rebecca Shenton, AFHVS Administrator, at info.afhvs@gmail.com.

Journal Website: https://link.springer.com/journal/10460