Job Announcement: Editor-in-Chief Position, The Condor: Ornithological Applications

Chicago, IL:  July 30, 2018—The American Ornithological Society seeks candidates for the editor-in-chief position for its journal, The Condor: Ornithological Applications. The new editor-in-chief will begin their term in 2019 when Philip Stouffer, Ph.D, the current editor-in-chief of the journal, will step down after a distinguished 6-year term of service.

The Condor is an international, peer-reviewed journal that publishes original research, syntheses, and assessments focusing on the application of scientific theory and methods to the conservation, management, and ecology of birds, and the application of ornithological knowledge to conservation and management policy and other issues of importance to the society. The journal holds an Impact Factor of 2.722, making it the top-ranked journal in the field of ornithology.  

The new EIC of The Condor will serve as the chief scientific authority responsible for the process and output of top quality peer-reviewed articles in the journal. The EIC is responsible for assembling and overseeing a diverse editorial board; determining the scope and direction of the scientific content of the journal; overseeing manuscript submissions; ensuring that journal content is effectively and broadly disseminated; and aiding the society in developing new policies responsive to changing publishing needs. The EIC also attends annual AOS meetings and, as an ex officio member of  the Elective Council, is responsible for representing and reporting on the publication program of the AOS.

The ideal candidate for the editor-in-chief position should be an internationally recognized scientist whose reputation brings prestige and visibility to the journal. Candidates should have five or more years of cumulative hands-on editorial (associate editor or above) experience with international peer-reviewed journals; a demonstrated ability to lead teams of fellow scientists; dedication to supporting individual diversity and inclusivity in our field; and a commitment to publishing and broadly disseminating our science. Excellent organizational and communication skills, strong professional ethics and a willingness to adapt to new techniques in scholarly publications are essential. The term of the initial appointment is one year with annual reappointment subject to AOS Council approval; the position includes an annual honorarium of $16,000 USD, and full financial support to attend the AOS Annual Meetings during their editorial term.

See the complete position description.  

The AOS welcomes both direct applications and nominations for the position. Nominees will be contacted by the Chair of the Condor Editorial Search Committee.  Interested candidates should submit, electronically, the following materials to the Editorial Search Committee aggregated in one file:

  • cover letter describing their qualifications for the position, editorial experience and ability to meet the annual time demands of the position
  • vision and goals to improve the reach, impact and visibility for The Condor
  • curriculum vitae

The committee will begin reviewing applications and contacting applicants for interviews after 4 September 2018.

For questions about the Condor editor-in-chief position and to submit applications, please contact:  Dr. Anna Chalfoun, Chair, The Condor Editorial Search Committee at   

About the American Ornithological Society
The American Ornithological Society (AOS) is the largest international member-based society devoted to advancing the scientific understanding of birds, enriching ornithology as a profession, and promoting a rigorous scientific basis for the conservation of birds.  AOS publishes two international journals—The Auk: Ornithological Advances, and The Condor: Ornithological Applications,  and the book series, Studies in Avian Biology.  The Society’s Checklists serve as the accepted authority for scientific nomenclature and English names of birds in North, Middle, and South America. The AOS is also a partner in the online publication of The Birds of North America with the Cornell Laboratory of Ornithology. For more information, see The AOS is an equal opportunity employer. We seek and welcome a diverse pool of candidates in this search.