Senior Editor – Functional Ecology

Deadline: Tuesday 1 August
Interview date: Tuesday 5 September

The British Ecological Society (BES) is a thriving learned society established in 1913 whose vision is a world inspired, informed and influenced by ecology. It publishes five successful journals, and a quarterly newsletter, the Bulletin, that is distributed to its 5,000 members worldwide. At present, the BES is seeking an outstanding ecologist to join the team of Editors on Functional Ecology.

Functional Ecology is a high-profile broad-scope journal which publishes high-impact papers that enable a mechanistic understanding of ecological pattern and process from the organismic to the ecosystem scale. The journal has excellent citation metrics including a current Impact Factor of 5.21 and an active social media presence.

The Journal’s editorial team consists of five Editors who are supported by an international board of around 80 Associate Editors and dedicated editorial office personnel. The Editors work together to determine journal strategy and to increase the reputation and quality of the Journal, in addition to making decisions on around 1100 manuscripts submitted each year. Further details about the Journal and its current editorial team can be found at

We are seeking a new Editor to take over from one of our current Editors coming to the end of their term. The new Editor will support the continued growth of the journal and continue raising our global profile.  Applicants must have expertise in animal ecology, preferably animal functional traits, animal physiology and/or animal morphology. Applications are welcome from leading scientists from any country.

Editors must be highly motivated, decisive, outstanding communicators and must act with probity. They must have an excellent understanding of their own field, as well as the wider discipline; have experience of refereeing and the editing processes; a commitment to maintaining the high editorial standards of the Journal; an interest in ongoing developments within academic publishing; and a strong interest in acting as an advocate for the journal at meetings and conferences. Editors will be expected to attend at least one Editorial Board meeting per year in person, usually at the BES offices in London or at the BES annual meeting. Costs for this will be covered.

This post is a part-time three-year contract (current stipend c. £6,100 per annum) and located at the holder’s host university or organisation. Editors are expected to act as advocates for the journal and contribute to commissioning content. Financial support is available for this.

Key responsibilities are listed below and the post can be discussed further with any of the current journal Senior Editors: Charles Fox (, Duncan Irshick (, Ken Thompson (, Alan Knapp ( or Craig White (

Purpose of role: Working with other members of the Journal Team to ensure that the Journal publishes top quality, timely material and to plan and implement strategies that will enhance its profile and expand its readership.

Selection criteria:

  • Strong publication record
  • Knowledge and understanding of the subject area, complementary to that of the existing Editors
  • Experience of refereeing (essential) and of other editorial work (highly desirable)
  • Ability to work independently and to prioritise from a range of active projects
  • Ability to form, and operate in, scientific networks, including through the use of social media
  • Ability to think strategically and act decisively
  • Commitment to the post and to the goals of the BES

Key responsibilities:

  • Act as an advocate for the journal
  • Identify key subject areas on which the Journal should focus (whether already established or emerging/advancing rapidly)
  • Solicit submission of high-quality manuscripts in all areas relevant to the Journal
  • Drive the strategic direction of the Journal by pre-screening submitted manuscripts for suitability, selecting handling editors and referees and making decisions based on their reports
  • Act as handling editor for a limited number of manuscripts and cover for the Executive Editor as needed
  • Gather opinions from fellow ecologists on the strengths and weaknesses of the Journal: use this information to drive changes in procedure, to develop initiatives and/or to feed into general discussions
  • Involved in the recruitment of new Associate Editors, particularly encouraging diversity within the editorial board
  • Assist editorial team to identify papers for further promotion via video, podcasting and the media
  • Promote the Journal and the BES when attending conferences
  • Contribute to the Journal’s development and join in discussions with those involved with other BES journals
  • Actively engage with social media tools in order to help promote the Journal

Applications: please send your CV, plus a letter stating what you have to offer to the Journal and how you would develop it in the next three years to Emilie Aimé, Managing Editor (

Deadline: Tuesday 1 August
Interview date: Tuesday 5 September

The BES values the benefits that diversity brings.  We seek to create an inclusive culture and welcome applications from all sectors of society.