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Avian Conservation and Ecology (ACE), a leading international peer-reviewed ornithological journal sponsored by the Society of Canadian Ornithologists and Birds Canada, is seeking a new Editor-in-Chief to work closely with co-Editor-in-Chief, Dr. Alex Bond.


The journal

ACE ( is fully electronic, entirely open-access, and is published by Resilience Alliance. The 15-year-old journal welcomes contributions from scientists all over the world, and while the name of the journal implies a publication niche of conservation AND ecology, the theme of conservation THROUGH ecology provides a better sense of purpose. ACE is particularly interested in contributions that use scientifically sound ecological approaches and insights to achieve effective conservation. Papers fall along a continuum of pure conservation and management through to pure ecology with emphasis on direct relevance to conservation objectives. Manuscripts are accepted on birds at any ecological level from individuals to ecosystems. Since 2018, the journal’s impact factor has ranged from 1.8 to 2.5. Manuscripts are diverse including research papers, short communications, methodological papers, letters, forums, essays, special features, reviews, and invited guest editorials. Author fees for immediately open-access articles are very competitive: $750 CAD per article (e.g., about $600 USD, $510 EUR, or $430 GBP as of August 2021).


The position

As co-Editor-in-Chief, you will work closely with fellow co-Editor-in-Chief, Dr. Alex Bond, to guide and oversee in a timely manner the entire review process for all manuscripts submitted to the journal. You will be supported by an editorial board of over 30 highly-skilled subject editors, a talented team of managing editors, and the journal’s management committee.

The co-Editor-in-Chief’s core responsibilities include:

  • Make final decisions on whether manuscripts are suitable for publication
  • Assign manuscripts to subject editors using the journal’s electronic management system
  • Work with the co-Editor-in-Chief and managing editors to equitably divide the workload and maximize consistency in decision making
  • Create, maintain, and mentor an editorial board of diverse subject editors
  • Provide insightful and timely editorials
  • Promote the journal and solicit submissions, including reviews and special features
  • Work with the journal’s management committee to improve the journal


Desirable skills and assets for the position include:

  • Demonstrated publication record in peer-reviewed academic ornithological journals
  • PhD in ornithology or a related field
  • Previous experience as an associate or subject editor of a peer-reviewed academic journal
  • Broad knowledge of ornithological theory and practice, with emphasis on applied conservation and management
  • Strong grasp of historical and current ornithological literature across diverse systems and geography
  • Strong writing and editing skills, especially with respect to core components of effective scientific journal articles
  • Ability to promote the journal internationally
  • Excellent time management skills and ability to meet tight deadlines
  • Good interpersonal skills and ability to work in a team

The position is initially for 3 years with possibility of extension. Anyone from any country is encouraged to apply. The position comes with no financial compensation, but is an exceptional, coveted opportunity to make a meaningful contribution to the conservation of birds throughout the world and support a community-run journal.


The sponsoring societies

The Society of Canadian Ornithologists is the premiere organization uniting Canada’s ornithological community. The society administers awards, produces two publications, provides interconnection with other professional ornithological societies, and applies its scientific expertise to broad conservation issues. The society’s tri-annual newsletter Picoides is the authoritative source for ornithological news throughout Canada.

Birds Canada is a non-profit, charitable organization whose mission is to conserve wild birds through sound science, on-the-ground actions, innovative partnerships, public engagement, and science-based advocacy. The organization’s core work uses data (observations) collected by Citizen Scientists, alongside targeted research projects, to identify significant bird population changes and help direct conservation planning. Birds Canada is a co-partner of Birdlife International, a global partnership of 115 conservation organizations (NGOs) that strives to conserve birds, their habitats, and global biodiversity.


How to apply

Applications should describe your experience with each of the position’s core responsibilities, how you meet each of the position’s desirable skills and assets, your thoughts on where ACE could improve, and any other information relevant for judging your suitability for the job. Please also include in your application contact information for at least 3 references, particularly ones who can vouch for your interpersonal skills.

Applicants from under-represented groups in ornithology are particularly encouraged to apply.

Please prepare your application as a single pdf file consisting of a cover letter and Curriculum Vitae (CV) and send via email with subject line “ACE co-Editor-in-Chief application” to the ACE Journal Management Committee Chair, Dr. Doug Tozer at dtozer AT by 30 September 2021. For informal queries, contact co-Editor-in-Chief Dr. Alex Bond at AT

Applicants will be considered and possibly interviewed via remote connection with an aim to have a new co-Editor-in-Chief in place by 1 November 2021 or as soon as possible thereafter.

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