Proposal to Extend the Tenure of Birth Defects Research Editors
The Teratology Society’s 51st Annual Meeting will be held June 25-29, 2011 in Coronado, California. I hope you will be able to join me for the scientific program and Society business related events.
This year, the Constitution and Bylaws Committee has recommended one change to the Constitution. This change is proposed for your consideration and can be reviewed below. This change will be discussed at the Business Meeting on Wednesday, June 29. If the proposed change is viewed as favorable, the recommendations will be presented to the voting members for a formal vote within 60 days of the Business Meeting.
Your participation is appreciated.
John M. Rogers, Ph.D.
President, Teratology Society
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Proposed Amendment No. 1:
Constitution Article VI, Section 4, Editorial Office. The Editorial Office for each Section of the Journal shall comprise the Editor, and as applicable the Associate and Section Editors. The Editor for each Part has the final responsibility for selection of manuscripts and preparation for publication for that Part of the Journal. The Editor is expected to submit each manuscript to at least two appropriate reviewers. Upon request from the Editor of that Part, the Section Editor will offer his/her opinion as to whether a selected and reviewed manuscript merits publication in Birth Defects Research. The Book Review Editor, Editor of Teratogen Update, and additional Editors as deemed appropriate, shall be appointed yearly (and shall have duties and responsibilities as assigned by the Editor of each Part with the approval of Council. The Editor of each Part of the Journal shall be a member of the Society and shall be appointed by Council for a period of five years. The term of office shall commence at the beginning of the following calendar year following the appointment. The Editor may succeed himself/herself for another up to two additional five-year terms if appointed by Council. The tenure of the Editor of each Part shall be limited to a total of 1015 years (three terms) and may be terminated by a vote of two-thirds of the Council. If the tenure of the Editor of each Section is to conclude or becomes vacant, a successor shall be identified by a Review and Search Committee. The Review and Search Committee shall be formed early during the last year of the tenure of the current Editor of each Part and consist of five members (including a Past-President, Chairperson and current members of the Publications Committee). The Review and Search Committee shall review the previous performance of the current Editor of each Part, when the incumbent is applying for a second term; or accept nominations for, interview nominees and recommend to Council suitable candidates for an open Editor’s position. Associate and Section Editors are recommended by the Editor with the advice and approval of the Publications Committee. They must be confirmed by the Society at the Annual Business Meeting and shall serve for a nonrenewable six-year term. For the first year only, Associate and Section Editors will serve prior to confirmation by Council. Terms shall be staggered to maintain some continuity of experience. Section Editors and Associate Editors need not be members of the Society, and shall not be members of the Council.
Reason for Change: To extend the tenure of the Editor of each part of the journal.