Clint Boal receives McAtee-Burger award

By David Frey

Clint Boal has received The Wildlife Society’s 2020 W.L. McAtee and G. V. Burger Award for Outstanding Service as an Associate Editor. Credit: Courtesy Clint Boal

Clint Boal has received The Wildlife Society’s 2020 W.L. McAtee and G. V. Burger Award for Outstanding Service as an Associate Editor. The award recognizes the outstanding work of an associate editor for TWS’ two peer-reviewed journals: the Journal of Wildlife Management and the Wildlife Society Bulletin.

Boal has served as an associate editor for the WSB since 2010.  During that time, he has served under four editors in chief and handled 86 manuscripts on a variety of topics.  In naming Boal, the awards committee found that he consistently ranks among the top three associate editors with regard to the number of manuscripts handled for the journal, and he strives to provide rapid turnaround for manuscripts in his charge.

Boal is known for challenging authors to improve their manuscripts and works with authors, often through several revisions, to make their work both scientifically robust and useful to wildlife managers.

To be considered for the award, an associate editor must have served for at least two consecutive years. The editor in chief of each journal may nominate an individual based on the number of articles handled, the, timeliness of reviews, the quality of reviews and the nominee’s willingness to help authors get their work published.

“Despite the workload and long tenure as associate editor, Dr. Boal continues to invest more time per manuscript than nearly any other associate editor for the Wildlife Society Bulletin,” wrote former WSB editor in chief David Haukos in his nomination letter. “This investment is clear when one assesses the rigor and quality of manuscripts that he recommends for publication. His reviews are always positive with considerable thought given to how authors will respond to reviewed comments.”

Click here for a complete list of 2020 TWS award winners. For more about this year’s virtual conference, click here.

David Frey is managing editor at The Wildlife Society. Contact him at dfrey@wildlife.org with any questions or comments about his article. Read more of David's articles here.

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