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Opportunity: Austral Ecology Deputy Editor-in-Chief

Closing: 7 February 2021 (noon AEST)

The Ecological Society of Australia (ESA) is the premier Ecological Society in the Southern Hemisphere. Currently, ESA has over 1000 members.

We seek an ecologist who is highly motivated in advancing the publication of ecological research to join the team of Editors on Austral Ecology, the society’s flagship journal, in the role of Deputy Editor-in-Chief.

About the Journal

Austral Ecology recently celebrated its 20th anniversary under that name and will be publishing its 45th volume in 2021. The Journal publishes eight editions per year and welcomes original papers describing experimental, observational or theoretical studies on terrestrial, marine or freshwater systems, which are considered without taxonomic bias.  

Austral Ecology addresses the commonality between ecosystems in Australia and many parts of southern Africa, South America, New Zealand and Oceania. For example, many species in the unique biotas of these regions share common Gondwana ancestors. Austral Ecology’s aim is to publish innovative research to encourage the sharing of information and experiences that enrich the understanding of the ecology of the Southern Hemisphere.

Currently, the Journal has an editorial board based around the world. 

We are looking for a Deputy Editor-in-Chief to assist with the management of the Journal – alongside the Editor-in-Chief – and to develop outreach and engagement opportunities to increase the profile of the Journal.

About you

We are seeking an ecologist with strong connections in global ecology to join the current editorial team, collaborating with the Editor-in-Chief, Editor, and Wiley Journal management team to further develop the Austral Ecology’s profile and reach worldwide. 

The ideal candidate will be a clear communicator who works well as part of a team and a good decision-maker who acts with integrity. They will have a solid understanding of their own field of ecology, as well as an overview of the wider discipline; a desire to improve connections between research and practice; experience of reviewing and editing processes; and an interest in ongoing developments within academic publishing. 


This role is a part-time volunteer appointment for a three-year term, with an estimated time commitment of 2-4 hours per week. It comes with an honorarium of $5000 of per annum.  Work location is at the holder’s discretion e.g. host university or organisation or home office and can be based anywhere in the world. 

Job Description

Purpose of the role

Working with other members of the Austral Ecology team to promote the aims of the Journal, commission and evaluate submissions, and plan and implement strategies that will enhance its profile, expand its reach, and better serve its community of authors and readers.

Selection criteria

  • Evidence of an active and relevant publication record
  • Knowledge and understanding of ecology, complementing that of the existing Editors 
  • Experience as a peer-reviewer (essential) and as a manuscript Editor/ Subject Editor (highly desirable)
  • Ability to work as part of a team of Editors, thinking both strategically and creatively
  • Ability to work independently and to prioritise from a range of active projects
  • Ability to form, communicate with, and operate in, scientific and practitioner networks and engage with other relevant audiences, including through the use of social media
  • Ability to consider multiple information sources or viewpoints, and act decisively 
  • Commitment to the post, to the mission of the ESA, and a desire to explore new opportunities to develop and enhance Journal publishing

Key responsibilities

Journal promotion

  • Actively promote Austral Ecology and the ESA to your networks and when attending conferences
  • Solicit contributions in all areas relevant to the Journal
  • Actively engage with social media tools in order to help promote the Journal (desirable)

Journal management

  • Identify key subject areas on which the Journal should focus
  • Assist the editorial office team to identify papers for further promotion 
  • Gather opinions from fellow academic ecologists and practitioners: use this information to suggest changes in procedure, to develop new initiatives and/or to feed into general discussions 
  • Act as Editor-in-Chief if required: assessing submitted manuscripts for the suitability, selecting Editors and reviewers, and making decisions based on their comments and your own judgement
  • Act as Editor for a limited number of manuscripts

Strategic management

  • Assist in driving the strategic direction of Austral Ecology
  • Contribute to the Journal’s development through engagement with the ESA Journal Working Group, Wiley representatives, and other ESA journals & publications to help identify opportunities for cross-journal initiatives


We would welcome and will consider applications from candidates with expertise in any field of ecology within the scope of the Journal. 

We seek to create an inclusive culture and welcome applications from all sectors of society. 

Interested candidates are encouraged to discuss the post prior to application with the Editor-in-Chief, Professor Nigel Andrew (


Closing date: 31 January 2021 (noon AEST)

Interviews are to be held by online video conference.

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