The Society's flagship journal, Weather, is published every month and has been since May 1946. Copies are available for all members of the Society, in print or online, and approximately 4,000 copies are printed and distributed each month. To ensure high scientific standards, papers and articles are reviewed by members of the Editorial Board and external reviewers.
There is currently a need for an expert in climate science, in particular as it relates to climatic change, to become a member of the Editorial Board. Such a member would ideally have some awareness of the policy responses to climate change. It would also be an advantage to be familiar with basic concepts in weather analysis and forecasting, as the majority of papers submitted include such information. Finally, a good knowledge of Weather and its style are a considerable advantage, although not essential.
The Editorial Board ensures that Weather publishes good, well-researched material, that the journal maintains its reputation and has a viable future. Members of the Board work together, but draw on considerable personal expertise and experience. Duties may be allocated by the Editor, who is the co-ordinator and ultimate decision-maker.
The principal duty of members of the Editorial Board is to review papers to ensure they are suitable for publication. Members of the Editorial Board of Weather are volunteers, giving their time and expertise to ensure published material – mainly research papers – is scientifically sound and well written.
Members are expected to attend all Board meetings, of which there are three each year (held in January, May and September). Members may attend using video-conferencing and its January meeting is nominally in this form. At these meetings, the development of the journal is discussed and decisions are made regarding its future. Overall members typically dedicate an average of at least 4-6 hours per month. With experience, any paper should not take more than about 2 hours to review. Members are usually appointed for a term of 5 years.
Although this is a voluntary position, there are many advantages associated with service on the Editorial Board of such a journal, including personal development and education and wider recognition by their peers. Most employers benefit as well through a member’s personal development and as a sign of their corporate responsibility. Most employers are therefore supportive of their staff participating in the Editorial Board within the scope of their employment.
Expenses incurred in association with Editorial Board duties, including attendance at Board meetings, are refunded by the Society.
If you are interested, or wish further information please contact Jim Galvin, Editor of Weather, through firstname.lastname@example.org, or telephone 01626 201478 (evenings only, please).