Additional FAQ may be added from time to time if similar questions recur, so please continue to consult the website to stay updated (last updated: October 4, 2017).
You can also feel free to contact us at ZygonEditorSearch@gmail.com with any questions that are not answered here.
- I take it that this Zygon editorship is effectively a part-time position. What percentage of working time is it anticipated that the Editor-in-Chief will need to give to the journal’s business?
The position is part time and the amount of time per month is variable and is in part dependent on the directions the new editor will want to guide the Journal. The minimum time is probably about 20%, or one day per week. However, this, too, will vary depending on the levels of experience the new editor has with the fields covered by the Journal and the types of submissions received. It also will depend on his/her ability to attract new submissions, facilitate symposia and conferences, and develop a level of peer review commensurate with Zygon’s current and growing size, reach, and standards of quality.
It will also be useful if the candidate has experience with the Manuscript Central software used by Wiley, or is comfortable adapting to new, relatively straightforward, interfaces.
- How much can be done by teleconference/ email etc. and how much time will need to be spent with the editorial team in Chicago if the person appointed is based elsewhere (e.g. on some other continent)?
The Joint Publication Board (JPB) has carefully considered this option and is committed to working with the new editor, if this is necessary and desirable. Having considered this eventuality, the JPB decided that it was worthwhile to open up the search to international consideration, as evidenced by the 10-year tenure of the outgoing editor. It is notable that the outgoing editor has carried out his position from the Netherlands. Wiley’s Manuscript Central makes collaboration easy, supplemented by occasional emails. There has been no need for Skype or related online meetings, as all actions are kept track via Manuscript Central. The current offices, located in Chicago, were visited once or twice per year, usually on the way to conferences or other meetings.
- In what range will the stipend be?
Zygon does not provide a salary or funds to give the Editor-in-Chief release time from teaching or other duties. Expenses for the editor’s travel to, and participation in, conferences related to the position and the promotion of Zygon have historically been covered. Nevertheless, if the JPB is very attracted by the letter of intent, we will consider trying to negotiate other alternatives that may include a stipend for this position. However, all other things being equal, the position is likely to go to an editor whose institution is interested in, and willing to support, the time and space needs for the editor to carry out his/her responsibilities.
- Suppose I am accepted and for whatever reason I have problems fulfilling my responsibilities to the journal and publishing house. Can the JPB remove me from this position?
In general, the JPB will do all that it can to help the new editor succeed and does not consider it likely that this would occur. However, the task of the editor is a sophisticated job, and in the event that there are failure(s) to meet publication deadlines or grievances by the publisher or the staff, the JPB may try to resolve the problems. However, if the problem is not resolvable, the JPB does reserve the right to replace the editor.
A review of performance will be carried out after the first two years, with the intent of providing feedback and support of the editor’s functions. The term of the appointment is for five-years and is renewable. The appointment term will be effective June 2018, with an editorial start date in September 2018 and the two-year performance review in September 2020.
- I am happy to submit a letter of intent but may find that I need to drop out, because of other pending career issues. When can I know if you are interested in me? And does submitting a letter bind me in any way to the process?
The JPB will consider each letter, and respond to all who apply as quickly as possible. If your letter is on our shortlist, we will try and inform you no later than February 15, 2018. Also, the JPB realizes that career exigencies arise and will accept a withdrawal of a candidate’s application. However, we request prompt notification if this occurs, so that we may continue to look at other candidates. The JPB does expect to work out an agreement with the finalist.
- I have completed my letter of intent and am ready to send it now. Can it be sent before the JPB “due date”?
Yes, your letter can be submitted as soon as you complete it, and we welcome early submission. Furthermore, when you submit your letter of intent, you will receive a confirmation of receipt and the JPB will begin reviewing it.
- I have looked over my resources for editorial staff and would prefer to have them remain in Chicago at their current location at the LSTC. Is this possible?
Yes, the JPB has an arrangement with LSTC, our current host institution, and we envisage that the current staff in Chicago, at LSTC, will serve for at least a year as a transition period; this arrangement may be continued longer.
- Who were Zygon‘s past editors?
Ralph W. Burhoe Founding Editor, 1966-1979
Karl E. Peters Editor, 1979-1989, Co-editor, 1989-2009
Philip Hefner Editor, 1989-2009
Willem B. Drees Editor, 2008-2018
Here are more details on Zygon‘s distinguished past editors.