Editorial Roles

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Editorial Roles

  1. 1. Delia Costache Basel, 16 April 2014 Editorial Roles
  2. 2.  Editorial roles 2 Reviewers Publishing  House Managing Editors Assistant Editors Editorial Assistants Production Editors Marketers Authors Editors‐in‐ Chief
  3. 3.  Editor‐in‐Chief (1) • External to the publisher • Mainly responsible for the scientific quality of the journal. • Together with the Managing Editor sets-up the editorial strategy and editorial policy of the journal. 3
  4. 4. 4 Specific tasks:  defines the Aims and Scope of the journal  makes decisions on manuscripts, oversees per-review  invites scientists to join the Editorial Board  selects topics for special issues and invites Guest Editors for these  acts as an “ambassador” of the journal at conferences  deals with appeals (from authors, referees, readers)  together with the Managing Editor manages publication ethics problems before (or after) the publication  etc.  Editor‐in‐Chief (2)
  5. 5. 5 Strategic responsibilities:  monitors performance indicators (Impact Factor, citation rates, usage rates, subscriptions or readership) of the journals  competition analysis at title level  recruits editors  establishes good relations with existing and potential clients (e.g. scientific societies, companies or associations of healthcare practitioners or others)  maintains a broad overview of developments in journals publishing, and within specific subject areas, suggesting possible innovations for own titles.  Managing Editor (1)
  6. 6. 6 Editorial responsibilities:  together with the EiC decides the editorial policy of the journal: topics covered, types of papers, special issues and supplements, geographical spread of papers  Together with the EiC decides the structure of the editorial team, editorial board and their responsibilities  revises the editorial processes and ensures a smooth review process: monitors the processing times, the number of published papers in each issue, checks the quality of the review process, deals with publication ethics problems before and after the publication, etc.  manages the performance of the editorial team (e.g. Assistant Editors) working on a particular journal  Managing Editor (2)
  7. 7. 7 Marketing related responsibilities: initiates and manages the communications projects related to the journal  works with the marketing colleagues to ensure the journal is properly promoted both on the website, in newsletters, at conferences or through other means  represent the journals and the publisher at international conferences  Managing Editor (3)
  8. 8. 8  Training on the job within a publishing company  Internship within a publishing company  Professional publishing training at a university: – The Oxford International Centre for Publishing Studies, Oxford Brookes University, http://publishing.brookes.ac.uk – UCL Centre for Publishing, University College London, UK: – http://www.ucl.ac.uk/publishing – MA in Publishing at City University London – http://www.city.ac.uk/courses/postgraduate/publishing-studies – Stirling Centre for International Publishing and Communication, University of Stirling, UK – http://www.publishing.stir.ac.uk  How to pursue a publishing career
  9. 9. Thank you! Any questions? (For questions relating to the program at The Oxford International Centre for Publishing Studies, Oxford Brookes University, you can contact Ms. Delia Costache, costache@mdpi.com) 9

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