Call for editors
We are opening our second call for editors. Quantum is an effort by researchers and for researchers to make science more open and publishing more transparent and efficient. If you believe in our mission and think you can contribute with your expertise, join the editorial board of Quantum as an editor!
- Deadline for applications: 31st of May 2020. To apply, fill in the form below.
- At the moment we are primarily looking for editors in the areas of NISQ, quantum algorithms, complexity theory, quantum information theory, and open systems. Quantum has received an increasing volume of submissions in these fields.
- Term: flexible. In principle two years, starting in June 2020 the earliest.
Editors handle submissions: they decide on editorial pre-selection, invite and communicate with referees, and make the final decision regarding acceptance. Ideally, editors will only handle submissions in their fields of expertise.
If lack of expertise in one field, or overworking of editors in a particular field become evident, Quantum will appoint additional editors.
Editors can focus on the science. The online platform Scholastica simplifies many of the tasks, like inviting referees, handling reports and communicating with authors, referees and other editors. Our editors are supported by two editorial assistants.
Typically, editors handle 1-5 papers at any given time, depending on the field. Expect to dedicate around two hours per week for editor duties. It is important that editors be responsive.
Time off policy
The well-being of our editors comes first. If an editor goes through a busy or stressful period at any point (examples: writing a grant, reviewing for a conference, holidays, family duties, mental health hardships), they can just let us know that they won’t be able to handle submissions for X weeks/months, and we will take care of it, no questions asked. Towards the end of that period, we will get in touch to check if the editor is ready to return to action.
The workflow of an editor is:
- When a paper is submitted to Quantum, it is assigned to a coordinating editor, who will appoint an editor whose fields of expertise suit the manuscript.
- When a submission is assigned to you, first let us know if you can handle it timely. If you are too busy at the moment, the paper can be reassigned, no questions asked. If you choose to handle it, have a quick read at the paper to decide whether it is worth sending it out for review.Quantum is a selective journal: the full criteria are below, but a good rule of thumb is “would I recommend this paper to a colleague or student who is interested in working in the topic?”
- Invite referees within 1-2 weeks of receiving the submission. Only two reports are needed, which usually means inviting around 3-4 referees.We have editorial assistants to check on late referees, and help you decide whether to wait a bit longer or to invite new ones.
- Once the reviews are in, consider them carefully, and try to make a first decision.
- In unclear cases (and this happens frequently), you are encouraged to discuss the decision with other editors in the field, as well as the coordinator editors, who have a good overview of the selection criteria. You can also communicate with the referees to clarify inconsistencies. We expect editors to use their own judgement as experts in the field, rather than just taking reports at face value.If it is clear that the paper won’t meet Quantum’s acceptance criteria even after revision, we prefer to reject it after the first round of submissions, to spare authors’ time. You are welcome to suggest appropriate alternative publication venues to the authors. If you are unsure, you’re encouraged to discuss that case with other editors.
- Communicate the decision to the authors (we have templates for this), and handle the next round of revision similarly, until you reach a final decision of accept or reject.
- That’s it for an individual submission! Our team will then handle publication of the paper. In case of appeals, which happen rarely, a coordinating editor will handle the process – and you will be asked to weigh in.
- Conversely, you may be invited by other editors to join a discussion about a decision on a submission in a field you know well.
A PhD, years of research experience in quantum science or closely related fields, and a good overview of your fields of expertise. Having read the Editorial Policies of Quantum. Previous editorial experience is appreciated but not strictly necessary.
Editors at Quantum are volunteers. This is to keep publication costs to a minimum and offer free publishing in Quantum for authors without open-access funds.
The final decision will be made by the Steering Board of Quantum. Your application will be read by the Executive and Steering Boards of Quantum. You will be notified by the end of the decision process.
Should you have any questions, please send us an email.