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Call for Candidates

Research in Nondestructive Evaluation (RNDE) Editor-in-Chief

The American Society for Nondestructive Testing invites applications for Editor-in-Chief (EIC) for the Journal of Research in Nondestructive Evaluation (RNDE). This represents a remarkable opportunity for an individual at the peak of his or her career to shape the future of a leading scientific journal in nondestructive evaluation (NDE).

RNDE has experienced significant growth under the outstanding stewardship of the current EIC, Professor John C. Duke, Jr., and its Impact Factor shows an increase from 0.857 (2014) to 1.517 (2018). The Society is committed to supporting continued growth over the term of the next EIC. Finalist candidates will be interviewed by the RNDE ad hoc selection committee, with the new EIC selected in September 2020. The incoming EIC will serve in a transitional capacity with the current EIC, beginning on or around 1 October 2020. The incoming EIC will assume the position of EIC by 1 January 2021. The EIC’s term is for five years, renewable once at the discretion of the ASNT Board. Applications will be accepted until 20 August 2020.

RNDE is currently published under a contract with the Taylor & Francis Group (the Publisher) that expires on 31 December 2020. Evaluation of the publishing contract and potential alternatives will start during 2020 and continue through 2021; hence, the new EIC will be involved in future publishing arrangements. The Board of Directors has appointed a RNDE task force to assist the EIC with these critical transitions.

Background on RNDE

RNDE (www.rnde.org). is the research journal of ASNT. It is published bi-monthly and is currently in Volume 31. RNDE covers experimental and theoretical investigations dealing with the scientific and engineering bases of NDE, its measurement methodology, and a wide range of applications of materials and structures that relate to the entire life cycle, from manufacture through use to retirement. Illustrative topics include advances in the underlying science of acoustic, thermal, electrical, magnetic, optical, and ionizing radiation techniques and their applications to NDE problems. These problems include nondestructive characterization of a wide variety of material properties and their degradation in service, nonintrusive sensors for monitoring manufacturing and materials processes, new techniques and combinations of techniques for characterizing hidden defects and distributed damage, standardization concepts and quantitative approaches for advanced NDE techniques, and long-term continuous monitoring of structures and assemblies.

Description of Responsibilities

The EIC shall:

  • Provide oversight and publish the most authoritative, impactful, and highest quality articles within the journal’s scope
  • Identify emerging areas of importance and actively solicit the best work being done in those areas
  • Promote the scientific exchange of ideas to advance the field of NDE
  • Work with ASNT staff and the journal’s publisher
  • Appoint Associate Technical Editors (ATEs) to the editorial board
  • Act as RNDE committee chair at ASNT meetings and report on the journal’s status during Research Council meetings

The EIC reports to and will be evaluated periodically by the officers of the Research Council and, as appropriate, members from the Publications Committee and RNDE Committee, using criteria established in conjunction with the EIC, including strategic direction, metrics, and overall success of the journal.

The EIC is responsible for:

  • Working with the Managing Editor to provide exemplary service during the peer review process to authors, reviewers, and ATEs
  • Creating and leading an editorial board of ATEs that is representative of the diversity of ASNT’s membership and provides for delegation of responsibility and authority as appropriate
  • Arranging appropriate, timely, and efficient peer-review procedures for the contributions submitted for publication and utilizing the manuscript tracking system provided by the publisher
  • Implementing and enforcing a clear and transparent conflict-of-interest policy for the EIC, ATEs, and manuscript reviewers, including securing from all members of the editorial board annual conflict of interest disclosures and submitting his or her own Conflict of Interest statement annually to the ASNT Publications Director
  • Participating in the selection process for potential future publishers along with the ASNT Research Council task force, ASNT Publications Director, and current ATEs of RNDE
  • Receiving, evaluating, and selecting the content submitted for publication in RNDE
  • Developing and implementing improvements and promptly responding to communications regarding RNDE
  • Working with the ASNT Publications Director and the Publisher to develop strategies for editorial development of RNDE, including deploying electronic features available through the Publisher’s journal website, developing plans and strategies to attract the most impactful science in support of the journal’s Impact Factor and other success metrics, and attending strategy and planning meetings arranged by the ASNT Publications Director or the Publisher
  • Preparing a semi-annual report to ASNT Research Council, showing the acceptance rate, rate of submission, origin of submitted and accepted papers, time lag to first decision and final decision, and other statistics that will indicate the health of the journal
  • Maintaining full and transparent communications and a positive working relationship with the ASNT Publications Director, ASNT staff, and the Publisher
  • Ensuring that his or her conduct conforms to the highest standards of professional conduct and scientific integrity, is consistent with all applicable laws and regulations, and reflects positively on the ASNT; and promoting the same standards of conduct by the ATEs and other members of the editorial team
  • Cooperating with and being responsive to oversight from the ASNT Research Council regarding journal operations that impact the ASNT as a whole and ASNT’s fiduciary, legal, and regulatory obligations

Criteria for Interested Candidates

The successful candidate will be a well-published scientist with considerable relevant research, practical experience, and international stature. An earned doctorate degree is required. The successful candidate must have intellectual vision, bold scientific judgment and be widely recognized as a leader in the discipline.

Candidates for the position:

  • must be a member of ASNT
  • may have a background in any area of NDE
  • must have excellent communication, writing, and editing skills
  • must have a demonstrated understanding of the broad scientific landscape which ASNT encompasses and the future direction of the field
  • must have a demonstrated understanding of NDE and testing methods
  • must have demonstrated leadership and organizational skills
  • must be detail-oriented
  • must be thorough and have excellent follow-through on all pending matters
  • must be committed to the growth and improvement of RNDE
  • must be responsive to the RNDE readership
  • must be committed to maintaining a journal whose content is representative of the diversity of ASNT’s membership
  • previous editorial experience is strongly preferred
  • international experience is strongly preferred
  • seniority in the field is preferred

Other Requirements for Applicants

Candidates must provide evidence of their institution’s or employer’s willingness to support the EIC through release time and the provision of general support.

Compensation

ASNT provides for a competitive stipend to cover costs associated with the operation of the EIC. This stipend is typically used for travel and other activities for the EIC in order to promote journal activities.

Applications

All interested applicants must submit the following to ASNT Publications Director Toni Kervina (tkervina@asnt.org) with a copy to ASNT Research Council Chair Dr. Yicheng Peter Pan (Yi.Pan@emerson.com):

  • A cover letter of interest in the position no more than two pages (500 words) with a summary of qualifications and experience
  • A curriculum vitae
  • A list of publications
  • A statement of up to 500 words stating the nominee’s vision for the journal
  • A letter of support from the applicant’s institution or employer
  • Two letters of support/reference that speak to the applicant’s abilities and experience as required in the criteria listed above

Selection Process and Timeline

Application deadline is Thursday, 20 August 2020. Applications will be reviewed by an ad-hoc search committee appointed by ASNT Research Council leadership. Finalist candidates will be interviewed by the selection committee, with the EIC selected in September 2020.

The incoming EIC will serve in a transitional capacity with the current EIC, beginning on or around 1 October 2020. The official term of the newly appointed EIC will begin on 1 January 2021.

Additional Questions

For additional questions or clarifications, candidates can directly contact ASNT Publications Director Toni Kervina (tkervina@asnt.org) or ASNT Research Council Chair Dr. Yicheng Peter Pan (Yi.Pan@emerson.com).