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The American Nuclear Society (ANS) is soliciting qualified members who are interested in becoming the editor of Fusion Science and Technology (FST). Dr. Nermin A. Uckan, Oak Ridge National Laboratory, has served as editor of FST since July 2001. During her term, Dr. Uckan has done an outstanding job raising FST's reputation for technical excellence and skillfully arranging a schedule of six to eight issues annually covering the most important topics in fusion science and technology.

Dr. Uckan has indicated that she intends to step down from the editorship at the conclusion of 2017, providing an opportunity for others to serve as editor. Consequently, ANS is seeking a qualified individual to fill this position. The selected person will be appointed "Editor-Designate" and will work with Dr. Uckan for a period of time before taking over the full editor's role.

It is the responsibility of the editor of FST to maintain the technical quality of the journal. The responsibilities of the position include reviewing submitted papers for content and appropriateness, selecting suitable reviewers for detailed technical review of each paper, reading reviewers' comments and recommendations, and determining the outcome of the submission (acceptance as is, required revision and re–review, or rejection). The editor also sets the technical direction of the journal by soliciting papers, special issues, and reviews on important and timely technical topics. The editor is expected to be proactive in obtaining manuscripts such that a sufficient number of high-quality manuscripts on appropriate and timely topics are considered for publication. The editor will work with the ANS Scientific Publications Department staff, forecasting the future volume of papers for planning purposes.

The role of the editor is primarily technical leadership and direction. Past experience indicates that this requires at least 8 hours per week, plus attendance at the two ANS national meetings and approximately two topical meetings per year. The editor meets with and reports to the ANS Technical Journals Committee (TJC) at the ANS national meetings each year. The editorial and administrative work associated with publishing FST (receiving manuscripts, transmitting manuscripts to reviewers, following up to get reviews back, copyediting, typesetting, and printing) is carried out by ANS.

ANS pays the editor a small honorarium, provides a travel budget to attend the required meetings, and pays communications costs as needed.

Candidates for editor must be knowledgeable and respected members of the fusion science and technology community and members (in good standing) of ANS. They must have experience with and appreciation for the role of research and journal publication in the area of fusion science.

Individuals who are qualified and interested in this vital position are requested to electronically submit the following documents to Rick Michal:

  1. cover letter highlighting the applicant's interest in and suitability for the position–one page maximum;
  2. statement of editorial approach: brief summary of the applicant's approach toward executing the responsibilities of editor, in particular, specific plans for ensuring that FST will continue to thrive over the next decade—two pages maximum;
  3. full curriculum vitae including list of publications–no page limit.

For full consideration, applications must be received by March 31, 2017. Receipt of an application will be acknowledged via e-mail reply. Queries about this opportunity should be directed to Dr. Jess Gehin, TJC Chair, gehinjc@ornl.gov. Interviews of the prospective candidates by the TJC are expected to be held in June 2017 at the ANS Annual Meeting in San Francisco, California.

Last updated December 7, 2016, 10:37am CST

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