Open Call for Associate Editors

The Botanical Society of America is looking for botanists actively engaged in research to join the Editorial Boards of the American Journal of Botany and Applications in Plant Sciences as Associate Editors. 

At the Botanical Society of America, we value the benefits that diversity brings. We are holding this open call to help improve the diversity of our editorial boards and strongly encourage applicants from underrepresented groups and regions to apply.

The Associate Editor role is a voluntary position.

Key responsibilities:

  • Make initial assessments of the suitability of manuscripts
  • Select appropriate peer reviewers
  • Write synthetic decision statements and making recommendations to the Editor-in-Chief on the basis of reviews received and your own professional opinion
  • Handle all aspects of the review process in a timely manner
  • Assist editorial team to identify papers for further promotion
  • Contribute to initiatives such as journal-specific and cross-journal special issues
  • Act as an ambassador for the journal at conferences and engaging with the journal through social media, as appropriate


Selection criteria:

  • An active researcher with a PhD in a field relevant to the journal scope
  • Evidence of an active and relevant publication record for current career stage
  • Expertise in relevant subject areas within the scope of the journal
  • Experience reviewing journal submissions

Although previous editorial experience is desirable, we encourage applications from researchers at any stage of their career, even if they have not previously worked as an associate editor or editor.

Both journals are supported by professional editorial office staff and offer flexibility and planned absences due to parental leave, prolonged field work or other personal commitments.

For more information, see https://botany.org/open-call-for-associate-editors.html.


Application open date
Jul 2, 2023, 00:00 AM America/Chicago
Application close date
Sep 30, 2023, 12:00 PM America/Chicago


Evaluation open date
Oct 1, 2023, 00:00 AM America/Chicago
Evaluation close date
Oct 31, 2023, 12:00 PM America/Chicago

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