I am a final year medical student and an early-career researcher. I do not hold any medical/postgrad research degree yet (except for a Bachelor of Medical Science). Despite not having any formal education on health research, I have published tens of research articles, reviewed several articles in reputable journals (of course articles that fit my expertise), and became an editor-in-chief of a student journal.
I am currently aspiring to become an editorial board member of a reputable journal which submissions I have reviewed multiple times. I have reviewed a multitude of submissions for about 2 years now, and I thought about contacting the journal whether they have any opening for an editor or not. However, I was wondering whether the journal's editorial board would consider my request, as I know that invitations to become an editorial board are usually solicited. In addition, I am concerned that, if I ask the journal despite not being qualified (academic degree-wise), the journal won't consider my reapplications in the future. Should I contact the journal to find out if they have an opening for an editor?
Thanks in advance.