Friday, May 23, 2014

Journal of Surfactants and Detergents seeks Editor-in-Chief

The American Oil Chemists’ Society (AOCS) seeks candidates for the Editor-in-Chief position of the Journal of Surfactants and Detergents (, a peer-reviewed, bimonthly (six issues per year) journal publishing research papers and reviews in the area of surfactants and detergents. Content includes the basic and applied science of petrochemical and oleochemical-based surfactants, the development and performance of surfactants in all applications, as well as the development and manufacturing of detergent ingredients and their formulation into finished products. In the past five years, JSD has grown considerably. It has gone from publishing four times to six times a year and has doubled the number of published articles and performance indices such as the impact factor (1.515) and the download number.

The Editor-in-Chief position requires a motivated individual with experience in the field of surfactants and detergents research who is interested in making a significant contribution to a global society that provides information about fats, oils, and related materials including surfactants and detergents. Strong leadership qualities are a must. According to AOCS policy, the term for this appointment is five years, with an option for one additional term. We are seeking someone to begin this position in January 2015. This is a volunteer position with the only compensation being travel reimbursement to assist in attending a limited number of conferences each year.

The Editor-in-Chief sets direction for the publication while overseeing the paper solicitation process and making final selections for publication. Duties include leading a team of Associate Editors; working with AOCS and the international publisher Springer to define editorial policies; communicating with peer reviewers, prominent international authors, and the AOCS leadership team; attending Society and industry events; and chairing a Journal meeting at the Society’s Annual Meeting & Expo.

For consideration, please submit the following documents by September 1, 2014: letter of intent (please include your interest in and vision for the position), vitae, and any other material that supports your candidacy. Send the documents to Janet Brown ( Finalists will be interviewed in September, and a final decision will be made by November. For further information, please contact Janet Brown, AOCS Director, Content Development (phone: +1 217-693-4897; Fax: +1 217-693-4898; email:

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