main Editor appointments

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This page provides information on the criteria for appointing new Main Editors for IUCr Journals.

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

  • (2) They should ideally have at least 20 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 reasonable.

  • (3) Candidates should have track record of success as demonstrated by, for example, a well run research group, an award, or membership of a national academy. Other measures of esteem such as keynote lectures at major conferences, invited reviews, membership of national/international scientific review panels etc. would also be taken into account.

  • (4) Candidates should have good time management skills and be able to devote sufficient time to help the Editor-in-chief in setting and achieving ambitious goals for the journal with editorial colleagues.

  • (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 from the wider scientific community.

  • (6) Candidates should be able to outline their vision for the journal in 500 words and their fit to the journal for its expanding scientific scope.

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