Applicants welcome for Editor in Chief(s), Journal of Librarianship & Scholarly Communication

JLSC invites individuals or multi-member teams to apply for the position of JLSC Editor-in-Chief.

The Editor-in-Chief is responsible for a wide array of editorial matters, including submission assessment, reviewer management, article solicitation, journal promotion, and oversight of the direction of the journal in consultation with the Editorial Board.


The Editor-in-Chief (EIC) manages the overall function of the journal, including the scheduling and running of Editorial Board meetings, overseeing the development of policies, and enforcement of those policies. The EIC also oversees the editorial process, including assessment of the scope and relevance of submissions, assignment of peer reviewers, review of revisions, and guiding accepted submissions through the final editing (copyediting and proofreading) and publication stages. (The EIC is not responsible for copyediting or any production tasks).

The EIC works closely with the Editorial Board to shape journal policy and practices. Editorial Board members assist the EIC in identifying and recruiting peer reviewers, performing peer review of submissions, soliciting manuscripts, and increasing general awareness and reach of the journal.

The official term for Editor-in-Chief is for a minimum of four years, with possible annual reappointment thereafter, to a maximum service of seven years. This is a volunteer position.

Preferred start date is August 2015; the current editor will assist the new EIC for a one-month transition period (and be available for consultation after the transition period).

How to Apply

The Editor-in-Chief position is open to individuals or multi-member teams. To apply, please provide (a) applicant contact information, (b) a current CV, and (c) a statement addressing the below criteria for selection to Isaac Gilman at by April 30, 2015. Finalists for the position will be asked to provide at least two references.

A successful applicant must demonstrate:

Commitment to advancing scholarly communication practices and librarianship

This includes demonstrated leadership in - and/or advocacy for - the intersections of scholarly communication and librarianship, as well as knowledge in any of the specific areas related to JLSC topics of interest (publishing, data services, digital repositories, open access, article metrics, et al.).

Scholarly experience

This includes an active record of professional growth and scholarly achievement. For example, the candidate is engaged in research, has authored works in areas related to JLSC topics of interest, is active in relevant professional organizations, or is involved in advocacy or instruction related to topics of interest. Preference will be given to individuals with prior experience as an editor or editorial board member for a journal.

Institutional support or individual dedication

The candidate must be able to dedicate the time necessary to provide ongoing timely support for authors and the journal as a whole. Examples of evidence of this could include: the candidate being provided release time for JLSC duties, the activities falling within the scope of the candidate’s professional responsibilities (e.g. employer expectations to be engaged in scholarship), or recent adjustments to responsibilities (e.g. cycled off committees or other obligations that have created time for new opportunities).

Beyond the above primary requirements, additional consideration will be given to the following criteria when reviewing applicants:

  • Academic discipline or arena of study, professional work, performance, etc. with a preference for individuals familiar with academic librarianship
  • Affiliation with institution or professional/community entity, with a preference for individuals with expertise that demonstrates a high level of professional achievement
  • Location of current employment (nation, region, hemisphere), with a preference for individuals that can provide a voice for under- or un-represented perspectives
  • Academic or professional position, with a preference for individuals that demonstrate evidence of substantial professional contributions to librarianship or their related academic discipline, as well as attainment of a high level of activity in other professional endeavors.
  • About JLSC

    The Journal of Librarianship and Scholarly Communication is a quarterly, peer-reviewed open-access publication for original articles, reviews, and case studies that analyze or describe the strategies, partnerships, and impact of library-led digital projects, online publishing, and scholarly communication initiatives.

    JLSC is a shared intellectual space for scholarly communication librarians, institutional repository managers, digital archivists, digital data managers, and related professionals. The journal provides a focused forum for library practitioners to share ideas, strategies, research, and pragmatic explorations of library-led initiatives related to such areas as institutional repository and digital collection management, library publishing/hosting services, and authors’ rights advocacy efforts. As technology, scholarly communication, the economics of publishing, and the roles of libraries all continue to evolve, the work shared in JLSC informs practices that strengthen librarianship.

    The journal welcomes original research and practitioner experience papers, as well as submissions in alternative formats (e.g. video).

    In order to lower barriers to publication for authors, JLSC does not charge submission or any other form of author fees.


    JLSC is published by Pacific University Libraries. Pacific University (Oregon) is a private undergraduate liberal arts institution with graduate and professional programs in education, optometry and the health professions.

    Abstracting and Indexing

    JLSC is indexed in Library & Information Science Source and Academic Search Premier (EBSCO) and is included in the Directory of Open Access Journals (DOAJ).