Canadian Journal of Information and Library Science – Revue canadienne des sciences de l’information et de bibliothéconomie (CJILS/RCSIB) http://www.cais-acsi.ca/cfe_cjils.htm
Applications are invited for the editorship of CJILS/RCSIB.
The Canadian Association for Information Science is requesting applications from individuals seeking consideration to become the next editor of CJILS/RCSIB. The association is also open to co-editors.
The official term of the position is open and will be negotiated between the candidate and the CAIS Board. It is hoped that the editor will be able to serve for at least three years. It is hoped that the new editor can start by January 2019 during the production of volume 42 (2018).
Scope of CJILS/RCSIB
CJILS/RCSIB was launched in 1976 and is dedicated to publishing articles in both English and French on all aspects of information and library science with an emphasis on the advancement of information and library science in Canada. The journal is concerned with research findings, understanding the issues in the field, and understanding the history, economics, and technology of information systems and services, and human information behaviour. The journal publishes research papers, scholarly opinion papers, reviews of research, brief communications, information about significant library and information science research activities within Canada and the world, along with reviews of books and other media. Papers undergo a process of peer review, with usually two independent, double-blind reviews of each paper. Each volume of CJILS/RCSIB is usually comprised of four issues, with, on occasion, a thematic special issue. CJILS/RCSIB has been published online via Project MUSE since volume 34 (2010).
The Editor is responsible for all aspects of publication associated with maintaining CJILS/RCSIB as the premier journal of its kind presenting perspectives on all aspects of Library and Information Science. The Editor is committed to making sure that the journal maintains its reputation to publish the best manuscripts in these areas. The Editor is responsible for determining the editorial direction including the selection and substantive editing of journal contents, for four issues per year. The Editor is also responsible for developing an editorial board and editorial team and may choose to nominate an Associate editor to handle manuscripts submitted in French if required.
- Serve as Chair of the Journal’s Editorial Board (“the Board”).
- Liaise with the University of Toronto Press (“the Press”).
- In partnership with the Board, define the overall strategic direction for the journal.
- Provide leadership to achieve the goals determined by that strategic direction.
- Actively solicit manuscripts for the journal.
- Serve as the primary liaison to authors.
- Conduct initial screening of all manuscripts and forward those that meet criteria to selected reviewers.
- Optional: Write an Editorial for an issue.
- Optional: Solicit a themed issue or annual monograph.
Optional: Secure a Guest Editor(s) for an issue.
- Work with Board to recruit and select editorial reviewers.
Work with Board to recruit book review editors (English and French).
- Work with authors to revise manuscripts based on reviewers’ comments and Editor’s own recommendations for improvement (e.g., clarity, development of ideas, scholarly accuracy, overall quality, and compliance with publication guidelines).
- Reply to rejected manuscript authors with a constructive email.
- Address problems that arise from time to time, such as resolving charges of plagiarism.
- Edit accepted manuscripts, send the materials to the publisher for copyediting, and proofread each issue prior to publication.
- Submit a report annually to the Canadian Association for Information Science at the Annual General Meeting (during the CAIS conference).
Qualification and Requirements of Candidates
The Editor of CJILS/RCSIB must possess the following attributes:
- Hold a faculty position and be active in the scholarly community.
- Have published regularly in comparable scholarly journals.
- Be willing to dedicate regular time each week to this role.
- Be able to develop and articulate a sustainable vision for the future of the journal.
- Possess excellent communication skills, preferably in both official languages (English and French).
The Editor will serve for the term as negotiated with the CAIS Board which will be renewable for a second term at the discretion of the CAIS Board. The term may be terminated by the CAIS Board at any time should the Editor fail to fulfill the responsibilities outlined above.
Applications will be reviewed by the CAIS Board immediately after the deadline submission date.
Interested individuals should submit an application to CAIS no later than December 15, 2018.
The application should include:
A Vision Statement: Set forth your goals and plans for the content of CJILS/RCSIB. This may include an assessment of the current strengths, weaknesses, or gaps that you plan to address and how you will implement your plan.
Editor Background Information: Your name, affiliation, and other relevant information. Describe your qualifications for the job. Give evidence of your ability to provide sound judgment and guidance to potential authors. Please include a vita or resume.
Applications (as described above) should be no more than five pages (excluding vitae) and should be sent by December 15, 2018 to:
President, Canadian Association for Information Science