Issue 22-15, Jun 19, 2022
- ICARUS ASSOCIATE EDITOR
- 2022 DPS URM TRAVEL GRANT APPLICATION FORM TO OPEN END OF JUNE
- LAST CHANCE TO PETITION FOR ADDITIONAL CANDIDATES
- FEDERAL RELATIONS SUBCOMMITTEE VISITS CAPITOL HILL
ICARUS ASSOCIATE EDITOR
Icarus is devoted to the publication of original contributions in the field of Solar System studies. Manuscripts reporting the results of new research – observational, experimental, or theoretical – concerning the astronomy, geology, meteorology, physics, chemistry, biology, and other scientific aspects of our Solar System or extrasolar systems are welcome.
The journal generally does not publish papers devoted exclusively to the Sun or the Earth; papers on celestial mechanics or astrophysics are acceptable only if they have a clear importance for planetary science; descriptive studies of meteorites should be addressed to journals of meteoritics, but are relevant for Icarus if they provide constraints on the formation or evolution of planetesimals, planets or the solar system in its globality. Icarus does not publish papers that provide “improved” versions of Bode’s law, or other numerical relations, without a sound physical basis.
Icarus does not publish meeting announcements or general notices. Reviews, historical papers, and manuscripts describing spacecraft instrumentation may be considered, but only with prior approval of the editor. An entire issue of the journal is occasionally devoted to a single subject, usually arising from a conference on the same topic. The language of publication is English. American or British usage is accepted, but not a mixture of these.
Icarus continues to be a leading journal in the field. In 2020 the journal published over 1,000 articles, and gained a CiteScore of 7.2, and an Impact Factor of 3.508 (2020). The Journal enjoys strong support from communities across the subject fields it covers, as well as an engaged international Editorial Board: https://www.journals.elsevier.com/solar-energy/editorial-board
Associate Editor Role
The role of Associate Editor, along with the Editor-in-Chief and other members of the Editorial Board of the Journal and Elsevier, is to manage the peer review process for manuscripts submitted to the journal using the online journal system. The Associate Editor is empowered to make decisions autonomously on manuscripts but is also welcome (and expected) to seek the opinion of the wider editorial team.
The Associate Editor role entails:
· Responsibility for the scientific content of the Journal within a specific area relating to the Journal, taking into account the Aims and Scope, the Publisher’s editorial policies as updated from time to time (including without limitation those on ethics in publishing at the Publisher’s website) and the editorial policy of the Journal.
· The evaluation and selection of articles for publication in the Journal that are consistent with the high standards of the journal. This includes coordinating an objective and unbiased peer-review process for submitted Articles, obtaining a minimum of (2) reviews for each article, and will reject, or return for revision to the authors Articles that do not meet the required standards of the Journal.
· Ensuring an appropriate and sufficient level of submissions of Articles for publication to meet the publication goals of the Journal. If necessary, the Editor will solicit Articles to help meet such publication goals.
· Conduct activities in accordance with generally accepted industry standards for integrity and objectivity in all matters respecting the selection, editing, acceptance and reviewing of Articles
Alongside the review process the Associate Editors are asked to periodically participate in discussions with Elsevier about the journal’s development and potential new initiatives. The team of Editors will hold meetings approximately twice a year via video call, as well as in-person meetings in conjunction with certain events or training sessions, as required.
– Must have a PhD in a field of study relevant to the scope of this journal
– Must have demonstrated broad expertise in:
– surface geology including tectonics, geomorphology and crater features of rocky bodies in the solar system
– Be knowledgeable in research publishing, managing a journal publication, the peer review process and in growing a journal
– Demonstrate skills as a good collaborator with ability to lead a team effectively
Elsevier is committed to inclusion and diversity in our work and want the Journal to reflect the diversity of the communities we serve. We are therefore committed to ensuring that the Editorial Board is representative, and encourage all individuals interested to apply for a position with the board.
Interested candidates are asked to provide a complete CV, including publication record, as well as a one-page summary of their relevant experience and area of expertise for this Associate Editor position by August 1, 2022. Please include up to three references.
Applications and relevant supporting documents must be sent to Christina Gifford, Publisher, [email protected].
2022 DPS URM TRAVEL GRANT APPLICATION TO OPEN END OF JUNE
The DPS will again offer travel funds to encourage and support participation of students, scientists, and other space professionals who are members of underrepresented racial and ethnic groups. In partnership with the National Society of Black Physicists (NSBP), awards are available for members of Black/African American, Indigenous, and/or Latinx communities to support attendance at the annual DPS meeting and/or the annual NSBP meeting. The application will be updated in the next few weeks (with a tentative deadline of August 1 for in-person travel, September 1 for virtual registration).
The DPS community is also encouraged to support this fund – donations can be submitted at:Inclusivity/support-underrepresented-minority-communities-planetary-science Last year’s application form can also be viewed at this page.
LAST CHANCE TO PETITION FOR ADDITIONAL CANDIDATES
This is a reminder that, per the DPS Bylaws, additional candidates for Vice Chair and Committee, supported by a petition of at least 20 DPS members, may be nominated by June 21st (this Tuesday). Please send any nominations to the DPS Secretary, Maria Womack, at [email protected].
The slate of candidates thus far was published in the 12th newsletter for this year:
FEDERAL RELATIONS SUBCOMMITTEE VISITS CAPITOL HILL
The DPS Federal Relations Subcommittee (FRS) recently completed a visit to Capitol Hill, following up on a visit by the DPS Committee a few weeks prior. We met with key staffers for House and Senate Authorization and Appropriation Committees in charge of NASA and NSF, in addition to individual representative offices and a dinner with Dr. Lori Glaze. Our advocacy focused on the release of the Planetary Sciences and Astrobiology Decadal Survey and educating policy makers about its ambitious, yet excellent set of community-based priorities. Another message we stressed is the need for scientists in our membership to have a healthy balance of Research and Analysis (R&A) funding levels to insure a healthy workforce with reasonable proposal selection rates. The Decadal recommendation to gradually increase NASA’s R&A funding line to 10% of the overall Planetary Sciences Directorate levels was well received and commended for its clarity. Time and again we heard strong bipartisan support for the planetary sciences. We encourage you to contact your representatives in the coming year to thank them for supporting our planetary science endeavors, and the full FRS is available to help in these conversations.
Kurt Retherford – DPS Federal Relations Officer
Send submissions to: Maria Womack, DPS Secretary ([email protected])
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