Call for Applications for New JRST Editor

Call for Applications for New JRST Editor

NARST is searching for the new Editor of the Journal of Research in Science Teaching (JRST) for the editorship term from 2025 to 2029. Applications will be welcomed either by individuals for the position of sole Editor or for the position of Co-Editors. JRST is a leading international journal and as such applications are encouraged from international members. The position provides the person(s) chosen, as well as the host institution(s), with international visibility in the area of science education. The JRST Editor provides the world’s science educators with the organization’s broad views and goals, as illustrated by published manuscripts and  editorials.

Responsibilities of the Position

Vision: Each applicant should indicate clearly the vision, innovation, and creative leadership that will be provided, thereby ensuring JRST continues to be a premier journal. Individual qualifications: Each applicant must be a respected scholar in science education. Please articulate how you will be committed to: 1) publishing a diversity of styles of research, including but not limited to a wide range of perspectives, topics, contexts, conceptual approaches and methodologies/methods; 2) supporting a fair and equitable review process; 3) ensuring the review process remains international, so as to reflect multiple perspectives and diversity; and 4) being highly visible and active within NARST and other science education organizations (e.g., being a regular attendee / presenter at conferences).

Each applicant should also possess a strong research record of publications in high-quality journals, excellent writing and editing skills, and the ability to work with an Editorial Board and reviewers to maintain the high quality of manuscripts published in the Journal. The individual(s) selected must possess the ability to work with the staff of the publisher, Wiley, to ensure an efficient manuscript flow and publication process. The Editor must possess skills in computer technology to work within the online submission and review system, ScholarOne Manuscripts, which is maintained by Clarivate. Regular, reliable online access is imperative to the success of the Journal.

Institutional qualifications: The Editor(s) must demonstrate the abilities to: 1) manage approximately 450-500 manuscripts each year; 2) conduct extensive correspondence with authors, reviewers, and the Wiley publication and production staff; 3) be responsible for producing 10 issues of JRST per year comprising 1,160 journal pages annually; 4) attend meetings at the NARST Annual International Conference and at the NARST Board of Directors meeting during the 3rd weekend of October each year; 5) solicit and nominate NARST members for the Editorial Board when required; 6) acquire institutional office space for accommodating Journal production activities; 7) provide computers to process the Journal, and 8) possess the e-infrastructure to efficiently and securely manage the electronic submission and review system.

Given that NARST provides up to $500,000 in support over five years, applicants may want to consider seeking in-kind contributions not covered by this amount from your institution/university including for example:

  1. Course release for Editor(s)
  2. Summer salary for Editor(s)
  3. Full or half time support for a Managing Editor (to manage online editorial system and manage flow of manuscripts
  4. One or more half-time graduate assistant(s)

NARST Commitments

The NARST organization will provide: 1) financial support up to $100,000 per year to cover office expenses, clerical support, and communication costs; 2) financial support to attend the NARST Board Meeting in October; and 3) reasonable efforts by the NARST Board to facilitate the Editor’s responsibilities, as directed by the Board from time to time and consistent with previous expectations.

Applications for Editor Position

Interested persons are encouraged to discuss the nature of this position informally with the current Editors and /or NARST Executive Director, Dr. Lisa Martin-Hansen (executivedirector@narst.org). A Letter of Intent is due by September 15, 2023 to the Search Chair, Dr. Angela Calabrese Barton (angiecb@umich.edu) in which a brief rationale (about 1 page) for seeking the position is described. Letters of intent are not required, but are strongly encouraged.

The Full Proposal for JRST Editor is due October 15, 2023. The proposal should be submitted to the Search Committee Chair (Dr. Angela Calabrese Barton, angiecb@umich.edu) in a single Adobe PDF document (.pdf) file. The proposal should address, but not be limited to, the following:

  1. YOUR VISION FOR JRST & COMMITMENTS
    • What will you do to further enhance the Journal’s reputation beyond the status it already enjoys?
    • What is your view/vision of science education research over the next five years? How will this view/vision affect how you plan to manage the Journal?
    • Are there aspects of the Journal that you would wish to change and what new approaches are you considering that may move the Journal forward?
    • How will you be committed to: a) publishing a diversity of styles of research, including but not limited to a wide range of perspectives, topics, contexts, conceptual approaches and methodologies/methods;  b) supporting a fair and equitable review process; c) ensuring the review process remains international, so as to reflect multiple perspectives and diversity; and d) being highly visible and active within NARST and other science education organizations (e.g., being a regular attendee / presenter at conferences).
    • Please include: Evidence that the applicants have discussed the position with prior editors and understand the scope of work.
  2. MANAGEMENT STRUCTURE AND PROCEDURES
    • What management structure do you envisage for the Journal?
    • How will you structure the relationship between the Editor(s) and Associate Editor(s)? Will you be the sole Editor and have support from Associate Editors?
    • What will be the specific logistics of review and editorial decisions? Can you provide the Board with details about how this will be put in place within the opportunities and constraints of ScholarOne?
    • How will the structure and procedures that you create produce a reduction in the time required for editorial review while maintaining the quality of the journal congruent with journal rating systems.
    • Please describe your plans for developing your pool of Associate Editors, and how you will ensure that the pool of AEs reflects a wide range of expertise and representation.
  3. FINANCIAL ARRANGEMENTS
    • Specify the financial support required of NARST.
    • Specify the contribution (financial / physical / and release time) provided by your institution. Provide evidence of this contribution by including letters from the Dean of your faculty and/or other such administrators.
  4. PROFESSIONAL DETAILS
    • Submit abbreviated CV (maximum of three pages each) for all Editor(s) and Associate Editors.