Applications Now Accepted for the APPS Reviewing Editor Board 2022-2024

The Botanical Society of America is seeking interested applicants to serve on the Reviewing Editor Board for Applications in Plant Sciences, our open access journal promoting the rapid dissemination of newly developed, innovative tools and protocols in all areas of the plant sciences. The Reviewing Editor Board is composed of a select number of post-doctoral researchers and graduate students who have advanced to Ph.D. candidacy. The purpose of this experience is to provide these developing scientists with the opportunity to gain a behind-the-scenes understanding of the editorial and publication processes. Reviewing Editors will be mentored by APPS Editorial Board members and receive experience in the editorial and peer-review processes by:

  • learning how to find suitable reviewers
  • reviewing manuscripts
  • synthesizing external reviews
  • working closely with the Associate Editor on the decision process, especially involving mixed reviews
  • proposing topics for review articles and special issues, with the opportunity to act as special issue co-editor
  • providing input on new journal initiatives
  • participating in annual editorial board meetings

Members of the Reviewing Editor Board will be expected to handle up to 12 manuscripts over a two-year commitment, with the term beginning September 1, 2022. An orientation will be provided at the beginning of the term. Appointed editors will also receive reduced registration rates to the annual conference of the Botanical Society of America.

Applications must consist of a single PDF file including (1) a cover letter from the applicant that explains their interest in this position and details their areas of research expertise, (2) CV, and (3) a letter of recommendation from the applicant’s supervisor or major professor. Successful applicants must demonstrate an attention to detail and an interest in gaining experience in this important aspect of academic service.

If you have questions, please contact the APPS managing editor, Beth Parada, at Applications should be sent to by July 1, 2022.

Thank you for your time!

Briana Gross, Editor-in-Chief
and the Applications in Plant Sciences Editorial Board