CAS Seeking New Variance Editor in Chief

12/17/2019 —

The CAS is currently recruiting an editor in chief to lead the journal Variance. This is a volunteer, unpaid position.

Job Summary

The editor in chief (EIC) is responsible for directing the peer review of papers submitted to Variance as well as managing the judging and awarding of the annual Variance Prize. The EIC has responsibility for setting and achieving high standards for the integrity of the journal’s content, soliciting high quality manuscripts on topics of relevance, writing an editorial or editor’s note for each issue, developing guidelines and processes to ensure good peer review of papers, and regularly engaging with the Variance editorial board and the actuarial community. It is expected that the EIC will commit up to 4 hours per week to these efforts.



Experience with research and peer review processes, either as an author or an editor, or both. Candidate should be an Associate or a Fellow of the CAS.


Good organizational ability. Experience with ScholarOne is useful but not required.


Lead Peer Review Process

Manage the peer review of all submissions to Variance. Arrange for reviews of manuscripts by a minimum of two experts in appropriate field of study. Managing peer review may involve an initial assessment of the submission, assigning papers to assistant editors to lead the review and choose reviewers, or personally leading the reviews of some or all papers, including inviting and assigning reviewers. Variance typically receives 25-35 submissions per year.

Communicate with Authors

Oversee communication with authors to ensure authors receive reviews on time, and see that authors revise to adequately respond to reviewer recommendations.

Work with Assistant Editors

Appoint assistant editors who can help with peer review and workload.

Provide leadership to assistant editors throughout the review process, as needed.

Variance Prize

Manage the judging and awarding of the annual Variance Prize.

Plan and Establish Goals

Take the lead in short- and long-term planning. Develop and implement long- and short-range journal goals, objectives, policies, and operating procedures.

Establish Policies

Develop and implement policies and procedures for the acquisition, handling and transmittal of manuscripts.

Report Annually

Report annually to the Executive Council and CAS Board of Directors on objectives and activities.

About Variance

Variance is a peer-reviewed journal published by the Casualty Actuarial Society to disseminate work of interest to casualty actuaries worldwide. The focus of Variance is original practical and theoretical research in casualty actuarial science. Significant survey or similar papers are also considered for publication.

How to Apply

Reply to Donna Royston, Managing Editor, at with letter of interest and CV or resumé.

Deadline for Applications

The deadline for applications is February 15, 2019 at 5:00 p.m.

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