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ARIST Editor-in-Chief Job Description

The Association for Information Science & Technology (ASIS&T) invites applicants for the role of Editor-in-Chief of ARIST (Annual Review of Information Science and Technology).

ARIST is a collection of systematic reviews published over a calendar year. The goal of ARIST is to update readers on the latest developments in the broad field of information science and technology through systematic, comprehensive reviews of selected topics. The high-quality reviews will be a powerful tool for researchers inquiring into these topics. Each year, 8-10 rigorous and complete review articles will be published, each approximately 12,000-15,000 words, with a full and complete bibliography of reviewed sources.

ARIST supports the vision of ASIS&T. It encompasses all aspects of the personal, social, political, and economic processes of information science and technology. It aims to publish high-quality, peer-reviewed, systematic review articles which advance knowledge about information, its creation, properties, and use; to provide analysis of ideas, practices, and technologies; to value theory, research, applications, and service; to nurture new perspectives, interests, and ideas; to increase public awareness of the information sciences and technologies, their social impact and their benefits to society. Sample topics include but are not limited to:

  • Paradigms and methods in knowledge representation
  • Social networks and online communities
  • Information retrieval in the era of misinformation
  • Metadata analytics: history and state-of-the-art
  • Curating research data for reproducibility and replicability
  • Digital scholarship
  • Participatory movement in information communities
  • Roles of information and technology in fostering equity and social justice

The successful Editor-in-Chief is an engaged scholar in the field of information science and technology, who will possess outstanding writing, editing, and creative skills, along with demonstrated planning, organizational, and delegation abilities.

Responsibilities include:

  • Solicit and appoint an ARIST Editorial Board consisting of well-established experts from library and information science, computer science, and relevant fields.
  • With the Editorial Board, plan annual topic coverage according to research and development as well as community interests and needs; publish calls for
  • Oversee the journal’s submission review process
  • Identify and solicit relevant contributions
  • Delegate tasks to a Managing Editor; determine need for, hire, and delegate tasks to assistant or associate editors
  • Correspond or meet with authors and reviewers
  • Develop and oversee compliance with regulations, best practices, editorial and community standards
  • Actively network within the information sciences community and the ASIS&T community
  • Actively raise the profile of the publication
  • Manage and report on budgets and expenditures


  • Exemplary Impactful, disruptive, or innovative scholarship in the field of information science and technology
  • Formal education and/or work experience leading to deep expertise in at least one information sciences role/discipline
  • Instinct for outreach with an ability to nurture long-term relationships and effectively grow networks
  • Editorial management experience in a digital environment
  • A clear vision for the publication’s growth
  • Strong writing, editing, and interpersonal skills
  • Ability to nurture long-term relationships with authors
  • Ability to work independently and as part of a team

The Editor-in-Chief reports to the ASIS&T Board of Directors and receives advisory support from and coordinates with the ASIS&T Publications Committee.

Annual stipend and operating budget will be provided. To apply: submit resume, cover letter, and 1-2 page outline of a two-year plan for ARIST.

To apply: submit resume, cover letter, and 1-2 page outline of a two-year plan for ARIST. Application packets should be e-mailed in .pdf or .docx format to Maria Bonn at by July 16, 2021. Deadline extended: July 30, 2021