Call for applications - Editor-in-Chief

2022-01-01

Requirements/responsibilities/implications of the role of Editor-in-Chief:

  1. The purpose of the journal. The Editor-in-Chief together with the editorial team decides the direction the journal follows in terms of publications and defines the purpose of the journal (focuses on research articles, regional or local case studies, teaching articles, etc.)
  2. Screening. The Editor-In-Chief makes the initial evaluation of the manuscripts received for publication, verifies in the first instance their originality, quality and classification in the typology of the journal and decides whether or not to send them for review.
  3. The final decision on the manuscripts. Following the review of the articles by the associate editors (Guest Editors) or the designated reviewers, the Editor-In-Chief evaluates their decision to accept for publication/reject or to submit the manuscripts to additional revisions and, as the case may be, communicates in order to reach a final joint decision.
  4. Answers/communication. The Editor-In-Chief has the responsibility to respond to potential dissatisfaction, suggestions and questions of the authors and, where appropriate, to explain/argue to them the potential decisions taken by the editorial team to reject/revise the manuscripts.
  5. Ethical issues. In certain situations, the Editor-in-Chief may have to take ethical decisions regarding possible plagiarized materials, multiple submissions of the same material in multiple journals, or disagreements about the authorship. In these situations, the Editor will make use of the guidelines on which the Policy assumed by the Journal is based: Committee on Publication Ethics (COPE) ‘Code of Conduct and Best Practice Guidelines for Journal Editors’ (Scopus), Publication Ethics Resource Kit (PERK; Elsevier)
  6. Administrative duties. The Editor-In-Chief is responsible for publishing/printing a minimum number of copies of each issue of the journal, in order to maintain its indexation at the National Library of Romania. In this regard, he/she keeps in touch with the Publisher, Editura Universității din București, and ensures the financial availability together with the EC of AGR to cover the potential costs for publication.
  7. Technical aspects. The Editor-In-Chief together with the Guest Editor supervises the editorial process and the realization of each volume of the Journal, taking into account aspects such as the selection of the articles to be published, their number and quality, the fulfillment of the revision process, the quality of the figures, the realization of corrections (proofreading), the realization of the table of contents, etc.
  8. Review evaluation and planning. The Editor-In-Chief ensures the annual communication and whenever necessary meets with the technical team and with the entire Editorial Board in order to evaluate the progress of the Journal in terms of publications (number, domestic / international report, quality), the quality and efficiency of the editorial process, visibility (number of views), scientometry (number of citations). Also, in the joint meeting with the Editorial Board, the Editor-in-Chief has the responsibility to plan the realization of future volumes (establishing Invited Editors) and strategies to improve the quality of the Journal (e. g. periodic evaluation of reviewers, search for and involvement of new members in the editorial flow – authors and reviewers, technical improvements, solutions for visibility and popularization, etc.).
  9. Communication and lobby. The Editor-In-Chief is the main contact person and leader of the journal. The editor ensures or manages together with the editorial team the promotion of the Journal both nationally and internationally, by presenting volumes, announcements, discussions with representatives of the geomorphological community, attracting potential new authors, etc. Thus, it creates the premises for increasing the flow of articles and their regional diversity.

 The Chief Editor is designed to assure and maintain the functionality and effectiveness of the Enlarged Editorial Board, including by replacing some of the members.

The main attributes of the members of the Editorial Board are the following:

  • To provide expertise in their field of specialty;
  • To participate in the revision of the manuscripts received;
  • To contribute with suggestions regarding the policy and purpose of the Journal;
  • To collaborate with the Editor-In-Chief to support the continuous development of the Journal;
  • To identify and propose, as the case may be, topics for volumes with the status of Special Issue, to recommend Conferences within which the Journal can be promoted, to arrogate its role as Guest Editor when proposed;
  • To attract new authors or new articles of authors who have already published in the Journal;
  • To contribute even with their own works, ensuring that they meet the criteria set out in the Journal's policy and that they adhere to the rules on Conflict of Interest. However, a limited number of contributions from the members of the Editorial Board is recommended;
  • To communicate with the other members of the Board and with the Editors either through direct meetings or by teleconference, at least annually and whenever necessary.

The members of the Editorial Board are selected according to the following indicative criteria:

  • It covers the geographical area to which the Journal relates (the composition of the board ensures geographical representativeness);
  • The expertise of the members must be in accordance with/represent the topic, direction and purpose of the Journal;
  • It is very important that the members of the Editorial Board are active in their field of specialty, being therefore up to date with the new methodologies and results published in their field;
  • Members of the Editorial Board can be former guest editors, reviewers who have consistently provided high-quality reviews;
  • Individual requests for membership of the Editorial Board must be viewed carefully, and the evaluation must take into account the CV, a cover letter and an interview-type discussion with the applicant.