Leaving Conservation Letters

21 12 2010

It is with both sighs of relief and some sentimentality that I announce my departure from the Senior Editor’s position at Conservation Letters.

After 3 volumes and 17 issues, and a very good prospect for an ISI Impact Factor > 3.0 coming out in June 2011, I feel that I’ve contributed sufficiently for the journal to persist in the conservation publication space for the coming decades.

Now I need a beer. ;-)

The road to Senior Editor certainly involved a steep learning curve for me, and I sincerely thank the four Editors-in-Chief (Hugh Possingham, Bill Sutherland, Richard Cowling & Mike Mascia) for their faith in my abilities and the flexibility to allow me to make important decisions. But most importantly, I thank our highly professional and rigorous editorial board who really did all the hard work (voluntarily, I might add). The full list of editors can be found here, but I want to pass on some extra gratitude to a few specific people here:

In a word, you lot were brilliant. Thank you for going well beyond expectations and handling some very difficult manuscripts. Your expertise, professionalism and generosity will not go unnoticed, I can guarantee that.

I also thank Jennifer Mahar for keeping me (mostly) on the ball and for making the whole thing come together. Marjorie Spencer, whose brainchild this journal was, was a breath of fresh air and enthusiasm. Thanks for stepping up for me (oh, and thanks too for the many drinks courtesy of Uncle Wiley).

Finally, I thank the contributors and readers of Conservation Letters for supporting this new journal. Your enthusiasm was rather spectacular and somewhat unexpected. The citations alone speak for the journal’s popularity.

The burden of editorship is a mixed bag, and I apologise to anyone who felt that I didn’t give them a fair go. I tried to blend rigour with just decision-making, and I know in some cases at least, I failed. Someone once said to me that the fastest way to make enemies in academia was to become an editor. While I think my experience proves that true, I think in the end I made more allies.

After some discussion, we decided that it would be best for me to walk away from the journal entirely (clean break, so to speak), so I won’t be handling any manuscripts from here on. I will probably have something to do with certain papers and will provide newbies taking up the reins any advice they wish to hear.

But I’m not leaving the world of scientific editing; indeed, I’ll be keeping my post as ‘In Focus‘ and Associate Editor at the Journal of Animal Ecology, and I’ve just negotiated an editorship with Sue Silver at Frontiers in Ecology and the Environment which will start some time mid-2011. I’m just not going to be at the helm of any journal for some time.

I’ll leave you with the list of ‘my’ last issue‘s papers. As the frogs say: ‘chapeau‘, to all and sundry involved.

CJA Bradshaw



7 responses

29 09 2020
New journal: Frontiers in Conservation Science | ConservationBytes.com

[…] I had, for example, spent a good deal of blood, sweat, and tears helping to launch Conservation Letters when I acted as Senior Editor for the first 3.5 years of its existence (I can’t believe that it has been nearly a decade since I left the journal). While certainly an educational and reputational boost, I can’t claim that the experience was always a pleasant one — as has been said many times before, the fastest way to make enemies is to become an editor. […]


26 07 2016
Journal ranks 2015 | ConservationBytes.com

[…] Of particular note here is the continuing rise of Biological Conservation, the continuing strong performance of Ambio and the maintained dominance of Frontiers in Ecology and the Environment and Conservation Letters (the latter is something for which I can claim a bit of credit). […]


29 06 2011
2010 ISI Impact Factors out now (with some surprises) « ConservationBytes.com

[…] special attention here. Many of you might know that I was Senior Editor with Conservation Letters from 2008-2010, and I (with other editorial staff) made some predictions about where the journal’s first […]


5 01 2011
Cagan Sekercioglu

Well done Corey.


6 01 2011

Thanks, Cagan.


21 12 2010
Barry Brook

Those not in academia would probably fail to appreciate the amount of time and effort that Corey (and indeed any editor) put into this. Well done, and thanks for your service to the discipline.


21 12 2010

Thanks, Barry – coming from you, that’s especially meaningful.


Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out /  Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )

Connecting to %s

%d bloggers like this: