Council appoints the editor-in-chief for a three-year term, based on the recommendation of the Publications Board. Individuals shall not serve more than two terms consecutively. The editor-in-chief may not simultaneously hold another office of the society during their tenure.
Responsibilities as Editor-in-Chief
- Assumes office as editor-in-chief at the beginning of the next calendar year following appointment by Council.
- Serves as a member of the Publication Board
- Prepares and submits reports to the internal communications officer of APS upon request.
- Is the presiding officer of the Plant Health Progress Editorial Board.
- Appoints to the Editorial Board, with the approval of the Publications Board, one or more senior editors for three-year terms (calendar year), approximately one-third rotating off every year. ESA, in partnership with PMN, has authority to appoint entomology senior editors. This applies to other disciplines as needs dictate. Only senior editors serving in capacity of plant pathology need to be APS members. Waiver of the APS membership requirement may be requested by submitting justification to the Publications Board at the time a nomination is submitted.
- Selects associate editors as needed for three-year terms after consultation with the Publications Board. Approximately one-third of the associate editors rotate off each year.
- Is responsible for the policies and procedures on the Editorial Board relative to the receipt, review, and acceptance of manuscripts.
- Consults with the Publications Board, treasurer, and staff director of publications on matters that pertain to the publication of Plant Health Progress, with deference to Council.
- The executive vice president is the business manager and publisher of Plant Health Progress. The editor-in-chief and the executive vice president establish publication schedules. The treasurer is the responsible fiscal officer.