our role as an editor
At IEMJ, we work closely with our editors to manage and develop the journal. In that partnership, there are some tasks that fall to the IEMJ publishing team and others that sit with you as the editor – below, we run through the editor responsibilities.
Your Publisher will be happy to discuss these with you in more detail.
What are the key responsibilities of Journal editors?
- Support the development of the journal in line with the strategy and objectives you’ve agreed with your Publisher.
- Nurture a network of contacts who will submit papers and other content.
- Meet the editorial content aims and scope agreed with your Publisher. These should be updated to reflect new developments in your field.
- Maintain and develop the quality and quantity of the content.
- Arrange and manage the peer review process; this includes sourcing reviews, interpreting reviewer manuscript evaluations, and providing reviewers with feedback on their contributions.
- Meet the agreed deadlines for peer review and delivery of accepted articles.
- Support authors during the submission process – manuscripts should be submitted via the editorial system ScholarOne (or Editorial Manager, where applicable) and follow the author guidelines.
- Provide helpful and timely service to authors and manage their expectations regarding manuscript turn-around times.
- Encourage citation and usage of content, where appropriate and relevant.
- Promote the journal at conferences and to interested colleagues.
- Recommend the journal to your organisation’s information professional.
- A Regional Editor can help your journal penetrate a new geographical area, or ensure it is represented in locations where the field is experiencing growth.
- An Associate Editor can help to strengthen your journal’s coverage of specialised subject areas; especially useful if the journal has a wide-ranging scope. They can also provide the journal with a fresh perspective.
- Both these roles can help to enhance a journal’s reputation and increase its visibility – they also bring new networks and skills to the editorial team.
- Specific roles should be defined by you as the journal editor, and may include:
- Encouraging the submission of articles and managing the review process in their area of expertise.
Providing occasional viewpoint or comment articles.
Reviewing for the journal at least twice a year.
Acting as a journal ambassador, e.g. promoting the title at conferences and to interested colleagues/contacts.
Guest editing a special issue for the journal.
Recommending the journal to their librarians.
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