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The animal Consortium is seeking an editor-in-chief for animal – science proceedings

animal – science proceedings is one of the three scientific journals jointly owned by a Consortium comprised of the British Society of Animal Science (BSAS), the European Federation of Animal Science (EAAP) and the Institut National de Recherche pour l’agriculture, l’alimentation et l’environnement (INRAE).  The journals are currently published by Elsevier.

animal – science proceedings publishes high-quality proceedings from conferences, symposia and workshops on aspects of life sciences with emphasis on farmed and other managed animals, leisure and companion animals, and insects. More information about animal – science proceedings can be found on the websites of the Consortium and the publisher.

The Consortium is seeking candidates for the position of Editor-in-Chief for animal – science proceedings. The Editor-in-Chief ensures the co-ordination, preparation and publication of the journal, in co-ordination with the publisher.

The Editor-in-chief is responsible for the development of the journal within the framework of the budget defined by the Management Board, to:

  • propose the scientific guidelines of the journal to the Management Board
  • ensure the scientific quality of the journal
  • ensure good relations with conference organisers and with the guest editors for the issue
  • ensure harmonious relations with the publisher or printer, or the service provider in charge of digital dissemination of the journal


His/her main activities are to:

  • organise all aspects of the editorial process
  • liaise with the publisher to provide conference organisers with deadlines and costs
  • agree guest editors with the conference organisers
  • liaise with the conference organisers to ensure deadlines are met and the manuscript provided for publication meet journal guidelines
  • liaise regularly with the publisher in relation to the production of the journal and to other matters such as marketing
  • liaise with the other editors to identify full (review) articles from conferences that may be published in animal
  • meet the scientific and publication targets set by the Management Board
  • operate within budget framework defined by the Management Board
  • undertake any other activities as determined by the Management Board

There are normally between five and nine issues per year that require a time commitment of three working days an issue on average. In addition, about 10 days are required for attendance animal consortium meetings, most of which are virtual. Candidates are expected to have experience in writing scientific articles, to possess good communication skills, and to take initiative while being a team player. The Editor-in-Chief will receive a fixed honorarium for his/her activities.

For more information about this position, please contact Jaap van Milgen (chair of the animal Consortium; jaap.vanmilgen@inrae.fr) or Cledwyn Thomas (current Editor-in-Chief of animal – science proceedings; cledwyn.thomas@gmail.com).

Candidates are asked to send their CV and a short motivation letter to Jaap van Milgen by May 15th, 2024. The appointment can start in September 2024, and includes a 4-months transition period with the current Editor-in-Chief.