Materials Horizons/Nanoscale Horizons Community Boards Call for Nominations
The purpose of the Community Board for both Materials Horizons and Nanoscale Horizons is to provide a channel for communication between the materials and nanoscience student and early career researcher community and the journals’ Executive Editor and Editorial Boards, and also to facilitate student and postdoctoral (or equivalent) engagement with Materials Horizons and Nanoscale Horizons. We are looking for engaged and interested early career researchers who will see this as an opportunity to assist in the development of an innovative journal, from a learned society publisher, in rapidly expanding areas of science.
Guidelines for Nominators
- Any Principle Investigator can nominate someone for the Community Board of either Materials Horizons or Nanoscale horizons (please feel free to state a preference with your nomination). Candidates must not nominate themselves.
- Nominations are open to active researchers who received their PhD (or equivalent degree) no more than five years prior to 1 November 2019. Appropriate consideration will be given to candidates from all research backgrounds (academic or industrial) and to those who have taken a career break or followed a different study path.
To make a nomination please provide the information outlined below to email@example.com.
- The nominator’s name, affiliation, position and contact details
- The candidate’s name, affiliation, research group, position and contact details
- A supporting statement from the nominator (no more than 750 words) addressing the selection criteria
- A short personal statement from the candidate describing what they will bring the role in terms of advising and being an advocate for the journal. This must be no longer than 250 words.
- An up-to-date CV for the candidate, including publication history (if any)
Selection criteria for Materials Horizons and Nanoscale Horizons Community Boards
The Executive Editor and members of the Editorial Boards will consider the following aspects of all nominations for the Community Boards as appropriate:
- Impact of research
- Quality of publications and/or patents and/or software
- Profile within institute and/or community
- Service to the community
What is the role of the Community Board?
The purpose of the Community Board is to provide a channel for communication between the materials/nanoscience student and early career researcher community and the journals’ Executive Editor and Editorial Boards, and also to facilitate student and postdoctoral (or equivalent) engagement with the journals.
What are the expectations of Community Board members?
- They will be provide feedback and advice on the perception of the journal within their community
- They will actively promote the journal to potential and existing authors, readers and reviewers
- They will suggest topics and potential authors for Focus Articles (Focus Articles are editorial or concept piece articles designed to explain or clarify specific topics within the materials science field)
- They will suggest education-focused initiatives that they feel would be of benefit to the materials science community
How does the Community Board differ from the journal’s Editorial and Advisory Boards?
The Editorial and Advisory Boards are made up of leading researchers across the breadth of materials science research. Each board member has been appointed because they make a significant contribution in their particular field. The Community Board is designed to complement the journal’s Editorial and Advisory Boards. The Community Board will not be expected to directly contribute to the strategy of the journal, advise on journal policies or be expected to review manuscripts for the journal.
What is the term of service of the Community Board?
Community Board membership is regularly reviewed as members move through their career. Further calls for nomination will be advertised when the need arises.
Will the Community Board meet formally?
The Community Board will not meet formally, but we expect members of the journal Editorial Office and Editorial and Advisory Boards will meet with Community Board members where possible at relevant conferences and events.
What benefits will I receive as a Community Board Member?
- You will be part of an engaged and enthusiastic group of early career researchers and students who are able to assist in shaping the development of a leading materials science journal. The Editorial Office will be seeking feedback and advice from you on the perception of the journal within your community. Particularly focussed on educational initiatives that will directly benefit you and your community.
- Community Board members will be offered a complimentary introductory membership to the Royal Society of Chemistry, at an appropriate level of membership, for the first year of their term as a Community Board member.
- Community Board members will receive a free personal subscription to the journal for the duration of their term as a Community Board member.
- Community Board members will have the opportunity to meet with members of the Editorial Office, and Editorial and Advisory Boards where possible at conferences and events.
- Your name will appear on the journal website.
For more information about the journal and for a list of current Community Board members, please visit the journal webpage at: rsc.li/materials-horizons