Could you be the next Editor in Chief - Soil Use and Management?

11th June 2019

The British Society of Soil Science (BSSS) is currently searching for a new Editor-in-Chief of Soil Use and Management (SUM).

SUM is an international journal published by Wiley which aims to advance the application of soil science principles to solve the main issues related to the use and management of soils. It has ranked amongst the top rated soils journals for many years and provides an international forum for innovative soil science research. The journal is published via six issues per year.

The Editor-in-Chief is a prestigious leadership role, encompassing the strategic development of the journal and the management and operation of the journal team of deputy editors and associate editors. We are seeking someone especially forward thinking, able to continue with the development of this journal to meet the needs in a rapidly evolving publishing landscape, and up to date with the latest developments in the world of publishing and journal promotion via social media.

The role involves working closely with the BSSS and Wiley to continue to grow the international success of the Journal. The successful candidate will need to be able to devote a number of hours each week to the Journal and there is an attractive annual honorarium for the role. The term of office is initially five years with the possibility of an extension by mutual agreement. We envisage that the successful candidate will take up the post of Editor-in-Chief preferably by October 2019 and by December 2019 at the latest.

Applications are invited from individuals with extensive knowledge of soil science and deep understanding of the science requirements of practitioners, policy makers and regulators. The individual must have internationally recognised active scientific stature and an extensive record of scientific publication commensurate with their career stage. The applicant must have excellent communication skills, an excellent command of written English, and a good understanding of the current publishing landscape. In addition, previous experience concerning editorial activities is essential.

For informal enquires regarding this post please contact the President of the BSSS, Professor Sacha Mooney, The British Society of Soil Science, Cranfield University, Cranfield Bedfordshire MK43 0AL via email:

Applications should include a curriculum vitae along with a covering letter detailing:

  • Interest in the position
  • Your evaluation of the journal’s current strengths and weaknesses
  • Specific objectives you would like to achieve during your term as EiC
  • Your vision for the Journal’s future development.

Please send your application to Professor Sacha Mooney, President BSSS by 26th July 2019 via email at

Interview date : 11th September 2019