co-editor appointments

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This page provides information on the criteria for appointing new Co-editors for IUCr Journals.

  • (1) Candidates should be scientists with good track records of publication in a variety of journals.

  • (2) They should ideally have at least 10 years of post-PhD experience depending on the field and journal. H index and citation rate are two useful measures but they themselves are not the only criteria. A ratio of H index to the number of post PhD years of one or more is generally considered good. Other measures of esteem such as keynote lectures at major conferences, invited reviews, etc. would also be taken into account.

  • (3) Candidates should be able to attract high-quality papers. Candidates should have track record of success as demonstrated by, for example, a well run research group. Candidates should have good time-management skills and be able to devote sufficient time to complete the review process of assigned papers in a timely fashion for the journal.

  • (4) Candidates should be able to help Main Editors and the Editor-in-chief in setting and achieving ambitious goals for the journal.

  • (5) Candidates should be sufficiently well networked that they are able to find referees beyond their own expertise and attract new authors to the journal. Co-editors who only wish to cover a very narrow field are inappropriate.

  • (6) Candidates are selected to cover major gaps left by retiring Co-editors or new areas that the journal wishes to expand into. Candidates from countries publishing most frequently (not just in our journals but in the field) would be given preference. The IUCr is keen to improve gender balance on its editorial boards and encourages suitable candidates to come forward.



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