Deadline: November 15, 2020
Engaging Science, Technology, and Society (ESTS) is the Open Access (OA) journal of the Society for Social Studies of Science (4S). ESTS is a vibrant, double-blind peer-reviewed venue for addressing how science and technology infuse the world in which we live.
The journal publishes peer-reviewed articles, thematic collections, conceptual pieces, debates, review essays, and critical engagements. It also publishes board-reviewed overviews by prominent scholars about their paths into STS. Content is organized into annual volumes, and includes work that represents the full range of 4S scholarship.
ESTS’s ‘Diamond Model of Open Access’ offers the opportunity to usher 4S and STS into new forms of digital scholarship, advancing new modes of scholarly expression while maintaining the high quality standards of scholarship for which 4S is known. The 4S Council envisions ESTS and its editorial leadership playing a formative role in the development and validation of new, open access scholarly communication.
Starting 2021 (Volume 7), a new Editorial Collective (EC) will begin editing the journal. The editorial priorities of the new EC are outlined in this document. The EC invites applications for a Managing Editor position, with an anticipated start date of December 1, 2020.
The Managing Editor will be primarily responsible for carrying out two sets of responsibilities:
Managing Journal Operations
The Managing Editor will support authors, reviewers, and editors through the peer review process from the point of submission all the way through production of final manuscripts. Responsibilities of the Managing Editor include:
Administration: The Managing Editor will be responsible for carrying out internal administration tasks of ESTS, including coordinating EC meetings and meetings with the editorial board, preparing reports, maintaining records, liaising with the 4S Council, etc.
Organizing Peer Review: In consultation with the EC, identifying, reaching out to, and following up with potential peer reviewers for various journal submissions.
Communication: In consultation with the EC, the Managing Editor will be responsible for communicating with authors and reviewers. The Managing Editor will support the EC in preparing editorial guidance and decision letters.
Transnationalizing ESTS: The incoming EC is strongly committed to diversifying ESTS content and engagement across geographical and intellectual boundaries. The Managing Editor will support the EC in various efforts aimed at such diversification, including, for example, running virtual workshops for potential authors, maintaining a reviewer database etc. The EC is also interested in exploring multi-lingual content in ESTS. Fluency in languages other than English is therefore an asset.
Manuscript Production: On final acceptance, the Managing Editor will be responsible for copy-editing, proofreading, and typesetting finalized essays in preparation for publication.
Supporting New Initiatives: The incoming EC will host several new experiments in scholarly publishing over its editorial tenure, including for example, collaborative writing and open peer review. The Managing Editor will work closely with EC to manage these initiatives.
Managing Digital Infrastructure
ESTS currently runs on an Open Journal Systems (OJS) platform hosted by the Public Knowledge Project (PKP). Going ahead, the EC will explore possibilities of partial or complete migration to other publication platforms to better support multimedia content as well as article production in a variety of file formats (including PDF, HTML, EPUB, etc.). The Managing Editor will work with the EC to ensure smooth transition to new configurations of the ESTS publication platform. Responsibilities of the Managing Editor include:
Final Manuscript Production: Producing finalized manuscripts in a variety of file formats and publishing them on the ESTS platform.
Working between Platforms: Ensuring smooth movements between OJS and the new publication platform and re-assembling the journal archive on newer publication platforms.
Metadata Production: Ensure accurate metadata production for each published essay. Ensuring smooth interfacing with other databases, including CrossRef, DOAJ, and Google Scholar to enable easy discovery of ESTS content.
Communication: Promoting ESTS content and initiatives through social media platforms, email list-serves, liaising with the Backchannels team and the 4S social media team, etc.
Documentation: Preparing annual reports of the journal and documentation of journal activities and infrastructure.
Supporting New Initiatives: The incoming EC will host several new experiments in scholarly publishing over its editorial tenure, including for example, collaborative writing and open peer review. The Managing Editor will be responsible for supporting these initiatives at the infrastructural level.
The EC welcomes applications from candidates capable of fulfilling the full range of managerial responsibilities. However, the EC will also consider applicants interested in managing either journal operations or digital infrastructure responsibilities. In these cases, the EC will select two candidates with complementary skill sets: the division of compensation among the candidates will be negotiated with the EC.
About the position:
The Managing Editor is responsible for getting the job done. The target time spent is 20-25 hours/week, but the time needs of the job are dictated by the workflow of the journal.
Residence in a particular location is not a requirement.
We anticipate the positions to start on December 1, 2020, with a one-month overlap with current Managing Editor, Katie Vann, so as to ensure a smooth transition.
The Managing Editor will be appointed for a period of 3 years, contingent upon successful completion of a probation period of 1 year.
Compensation for the Managing Editor position for ESTS is $40,000 US per annum in total. In case this position is split into a two-person team, the compensation will be split in proportion of the time allocated for each position.
The Managing Editor is a contractor of 4S, not an employee. Compensation takes into account the additional financial burdens borne by freelance workers, including employment taxes, health insurance, work related technology needs, and retirement savings.
The Managing Editor reports to the Editor-in-Chief of the journal. The job description above describes the duties and responsibilities of Managing Editor. Performance in the Managing Editor position is assessed with reference to the respective job descriptions.
The Managing Editor may be invited by the 4S Publication Committee to contribute expertise to Publication Committee activities.
Qualifications for the positions include:
An advanced degree (Masters or PhD), either from an STS department or kindred discipline, as well as some knowledge of the social field of STS as a broad international and interdisciplinary network of scholars
Experience working in a publishing/editorial context (as demonstrated by participation in prior projects)
Basic understanding of scholarly publishing, including the peer review process and its attendant ethical dimensions, citation and referencing practices, and content distribution and indexing paradigms
Comfort working with a variety of content management systems
Proficiency in English is required. Fluency in languages beyond English is a strong asset
Strong familiarity with HTML
It is also highly desirable for the Managing Editors to have professional aspirations related to the field of scholarly publishing and view the managing editor role as a relatively long-term professional commitment.
Interested candidates may apply by sending:
Cover letter, highlighting fit to position, editing experience, digital skills, and experience organizing workshops, social media campaigns etc.
CV/ Resume including contact information for at least 3 references
Samples of copyediting, references from copyediting clients, or other evidence demonstrating editing experience.
Samples demonstrating digital skills and experience with social media, including, for example: links to websites they have run (e.g. personal website), evidence of work on social media campaigns, twitter account link, FB pages managed, tools they are familiar with (e.g. what do they use to schedule tweets out, etc.)
Applicants should clearly indicate whether they would like to be considered for the full range of Managing Editor responsibilities or if they are applying for only the Journal Operations or Digital Infrastructure responsibilities.
Applications must be sent no later than November 15, 2020 to firstname.lastname@example.org. Please use the subject line “Application for ESTS Managing Editor position” in your email application.
Interviews with shortlisted candidates will be conducted in the week of Nov 23-27. The selected candidate will be expected to start on December 1, 2020. For any clarifications and inquiries, please contact Aalok Khandekar (email@example.com).