Remote | International | Part-time
American Physical Society - APS

Remote Associate Editor, Physical Review A

Physical Review A (PRA) is currently looking for several new part-time remote Associate Editors to join our editorial team and become part of the stimulating academic endeavor to bring high-quality papers to our readership.

  • The journal publishes important developments in the rapidly evolving areas of atomic, molecular, and optical physics, quantum information, and related fundamental concepts, and relies on a mixture of full-time professional editors based on Long Island, New York, and part-time remote editors located around the world. The primary responsibility of a remote Associate Editor is to manage the peer review process of assigned manuscripts by determining whether or not to send a manuscript out for external review, choosing appropriate reviewers, and making decisions on rejection and acceptance of the manuscript. In addition, the editor is expected to participate in choosing outstanding papers for Editors’ Suggestions, be an advocate for the journal in interactions with their peers, and participate in a monthly video conference as well as one or two in-person meetings per year.
  • We receive submissions continuously throughout the year, and so we expect editors to work on their assignments on a regular basis; arrangements can usually be made for extended absences upon timely prior notice. Workload may vary depending on subject area and fluctuations in submissions, but is typically no more than about 20 hours per month. Editors are appointed as consultants, and receive compensation for their work on an hourly basis. As consultants they will not be eligible for medical or retirement benefits, vacation pay, sick pay, or other fringe benefits offered to employees by APS.

Remote Associate Editors are expected to maintain their current position while serving as editors for PRA. Candidates should be able to regularly and consistently dedicate time to their assignments, and should possess the following qualifications:

  • Current active involvement and stature in a field of research within the scope of PRA.
  • An outstanding record as a referee and a demonstrated commitment to peer review.
  • The ability to work within the editorial team and the desire to maintain the quality and reputation of the journal.

Applications should be sent to, and should contain a cover letter, a current CV, and a one-page summary outlining the applicant’s philosophy regarding peer review, and her or his views on the aims and future direction of PRA as they see it. All applications will be treated confidentially.