Job title: Editor-in-Chief, The Computer Journal (5-year term)
Salary: Honorarium


BCS, The Chartered Institute for IT and Oxford University Press are inviting applications and nominations for the position of Editor-in-Chief of The Computer Journal, a peer-reviewed research journal.

About the role:

In consultation with BCS and Oxford University Press, the Editor-in-Chief will take the lead on the journal’s editorial policy and development strategies, and in providing support, as required, to the Section Editors and Editorial Board in guiding submissions through the peer review process. The appointment will be for a five-year term beginning in January 2021.

The Computer Journal is one of the longest-established journals serving all branches of the academic computer science community. It is currently published in four sections:

Section A: Computer Science Theory, Methods and Tools
Section B: Computer and Communications Networks and Systems
Section C: Computational Intelligence, Machine Learning and Data Analytics
Section D: Security in Computer Systems and Networks

The peer review process is primarily handled by the Section Editors and the Editorial Board.

Format: The mainly publishes original research articles, but other submission types are considered if positive reviews are received that demonstrate the value of the work. The journal also considers special issue proposals.

Frequency: Twelve issues per volume, one volume per year.

Expected manuscript submissions: Typically 800-900 per year.

Key responsibilities:

The Editor-in-Chief (EiC) will provide leadership and determine editorial policy and journal development strategies for The Computer Journal, in consultation with the Section Editors and Editorial Board, the BCS and the Publisher.

The EiC’s specific responsibilities include:

  • Setting strategic priorities and working with all stakeholders to ensure that these are fulfilled;
  • Determining the content types to be published and the journal scope, periodically making changes to the journal scope to accommodate emerging areas of research or to allow for growth;
  • Acting as an arbiter in disputes or where ethical issues arise, in consultation with the Publisher and in line with the guidelines provided by the Committee on Publication Ethics;
  • Making editorial appointments, as required, and in support of the agreed editorial strategy for the journal. Ensuring that there is adequate representation on the board in terms of subject expertise, gender and geographical diversity;
  • Working with the Publisher and the Publisher’s marketing representatives to develop and implement marketing strategies to support the development of the journal;
  • Leading the annual editorial board meeting;
  • Selecting and notifying the winner of the Wilkes Award for the best journal paper of the previous year, on the advice of the award panel.

The Editor-in-Chief and Section Editors will be supported by the appointed Editorial Office Manager. Manuscript submission and peer review are managed using the ScholarOne online system.

Who we are looking for

Key competencies
  • Candidates should have a strong record of recognised scholarship, a broad base of knowledge in the field, demonstrated leadership and communication skills, and appropriate time to devote to the journal.
  • Understanding of publishing is essential.
  • Previous editorial experience and the ability to clearly articulate a compelling vision for the journal are other key factors on which candidates will be evaluated.
Application questions:

If applying for the position, please submit a written response to the following application questions:

  • Your vision for The Computer Journal [300-word limit]
  • Reasons for your interest in this position [300-word limit]
  • Brief description of your current research interests and fields of activity [100-word limit]
  • Prior editorial experience, including work in the following roles: Editor, Associate Editor, and / or Editorial Board Member of a journal [100-word limit]
  • Brief description of leadership positions held [100-word limit]
  • Estimate of the amount of time per week that this editorship will require and that you are able to devote to the position
  • Other personal qualifications and / or comments that may be relevant for the selection committee [300-word limit]
  • Any questions you may have in relation to the appointment
  • Please attach your curriculum vitae to your application
How to apply

We invite recommendations and applications for this position by Tuesday 30 June 2020.

Applications and nominations should submit a written response to the application questions to Ian Borthwick, Head of Publishing, BCS, The Chartered Institute for IT; email: