December 04, 2017

Journal of Animal Science Begins Search for Next Editor-in-Chief

It is hard to believe that we are almost to the end of Dr. Jim Sartin's term as Journal of Animal Science (JAS) Editor-in-Chief. Carrying on in the grand tradition of JAS Editor-in-Chief, Dr. Sartin has facilitated amazing changes in the journal including but not limited to:

  • Drastically reducing the time to publication (11 months to 5 months)
  • Facilitating the move from ACSESS to OUP
  • Stabilizing the yearly number of articles published while increasing the scientific rigor
  • Changing the structure of the Section Editors to facilitate better review

ASAS expects the next EiC to follow in Jim's footsteps and to advance their own vision for the journal.

The ASAS Board of Directors has agreed that the next EiC will be charged with:

  • Continually enhancing scientific quality
  • Promote journal growth
  • Work to determine a process to better integrate international journal submissions.
  • Work to improve journal visibility through aggressive marketing and working to increase distribution.
  • Work with OUP to maintain and enhance JAS as the lead animal science journal worldwide.

The ASAS Board has voted to continue providing the EiC with a stipend to be used at the discretion of the EiC (dollars may be used as salary as a part-time position).

You are encouraged to submit names of individuals who you feel should be considered for this position, self-nominate for consideration, and/or submit a formal application. A full application for evaluation should include:

  • A current CV.
  • A description of the candidate's editorial experience.
  • A description of the candidate’s vision for JAS and the ASAS scientific communications program.
  • The names and contact information of 3 references.

Applications are due January 2, 2018. Please address communications to the Chair of the Search Committee (Dr. Kristen Govoni, JAS EiC Search Committee) submitted electronically to the ASAS Membership Manager, Melissa Burnett (

The committee will evaluate applications within 10 days of the deadline, with the intent of conducting interviews with finalists in person during the February Board Meeting (immediately before Southern Section Meeting).

Questions concerning the search process or expectations of the position should be addressed to Dr. Kristen Govoni or Dr. Meghan Wulster-Radcliffe ( Questions concerning the day-to-day operations of the journal should be addressed to Dr. Jim Sartin.


Meghan Wulster-Radcliffe