Peer Review Process
• Ensure that published content reflects the highest standards of academic and scientific rigour and excellence.
• Make an initial decision on whether each submitted article meets the Journal’s scope and is appropriate for further independent peer review.
• Liaise with the Journal Editorial Office admin over co-ordination of the online submission and peer review system.
• Build and manage a referee/reviewer network:
o Become adept in using the online peer review submission and management system. o Ensure all co-editors and members of the Editorial Board register for and use the online peer review submission and management system.
o Encourage independent experts to register for and use the online peer review submission and management system.
o Ensure all submitted manuscripts that are considered appropriate for peer review are addressed and processed in a timely manner.
o Make professional judgements about suitable referees for each paper submitted. o Chase up late reports.
o Monitor performance to ensure fair and prompt processing of submitted papers. o Review suitability of referees from time to time.
o Find new referees when those approached decline, fail to respond or respond with insufficient feedback.
• Ensure that authors, members of the Editorial Board, and referees/reviewers adhere to the Journal’s Guidelines on Publishing Ethics to assure the integrity and reputation of the Journal is maintained at all times.
o Work with Taylor & Francis to address and resolve any expressions of concern or allegations of misconduct regarding published content.
o See Ethics Appendix.
• Read, summarize and base judgements about acceptance, rejection or revision on referees’ reports, and communicate this in writing to authors within a reasonable period.
• Request further reports for subsequently revised papers, communicating as necessary authors’ responses and arguments.
• Liaise with any Associate Editors as necessary, for example to ensure allocation of workload is fairly divided and the comparable quality of papers being co-ordinated by each Associate Editor.
• With Taylor & Francis, identify strategies to enhance the quality and reputation of the Journal, its citation levels, and readership/circulation.
• In consultation with Taylor & Francis, appoint members of the Editorial Team or Editorial Board as required.
• Propose and implement strategies for increasing the quality and reputation of the Journal, specifically with reference to obtaining the JCR impact factor.
• Encourage the submission of articles to the Journal from expert researchers in the field including colleagues.
• Encourage ‘rising stars’ to submit to the Journal – new young talent is essential for a Journal’s health.
• Suggest potential contributors, generate ideas for Special Issues and reviews, and commission papers as required.
Championing the Journal
• Be the Ambassador for the Journal; build, nurture, and grow a community around it.
• Act as the main point of contact/face for the Journal. • Increase awareness of the articles published in the Journal in all relevant communities and amongst colleagues.
• Make the Journal essential reading, for example by citing key articles on your students’ reading lists. • Participate at relevant conferences.
• Promote the Journal and encourage submissions.
• Maintain a social media presence – with Taylor & Francis, create and maintain a Twitter and Facebook page for the Journal.
Provide feedback and strategic suggestion
• Act as a sounding board for publication initiatives generated and suggest possibilities.
• Attend meetings with Taylor & Francis and the Editorial Board as required.
• Provide Taylor & Francis with useful feedback from friends and colleagues.
• Flag newsworthy articles for marketing.
Collaborate and communicate:
With the Editorial Board:
• Provide leadership and/or engage in collaborative decision-making, policy formation, brainstorming, etc. as necessary.
• Prepare and circulate information updates (such as details of acceptance rates, articles in progress etc.) on a regular basis, as confidential.
With Taylor & Francis:
• Convene regular meetings to review Journal performance and discuss strategy.
• Maintain accurate records on Board members (e.g. length of service, contact details, etc.).
• Liaise with Taylor & Francis and Board members regarding future strategy and direction of the Journal as well as flow of submissions etc. With Taylor & Francis:
• Work closely with Taylor & Francis on the formulation and implementation of annual and long term development plans.
• Identify and consider how to exploit new research thinking in cutting-edge fields.
• Provide Taylor & Francis with advance details of forthcoming conferences and other advertising and promotional opportunities.
• Check the accuracy of all relevant documents and communicate any discrepancies to Taylor & Francis as necessary (e.g. changes of address).
• Develop a strong partnership with your team at Taylor & Francis.
o We aspire to a professional and mutally beneficial relationship. o We achieve this by regular contact – email, ‘phone, face-to-face.
o Never hesitate to contact us when a problem arises.
• Acknowledge initial and all subsequent communications.
• Deal with any other relevant communications from authors.
• On or after acceptance, check papers in detail for stylistic, spelling and grammatical errors, conformity with Journal conventions, check exact correspondence between citations in text and in reference list.
• Respond to queries regarding progress of the refereeing process and likely decision-making period.
• When necessary, carefully check, correct and make suggestions about improvements in papers and communicate these to authors.
• Follow up on authors who have been asked to make revisions but who fail to respond.
Maintain editorial oversight
• Compile each issue, taking into consideration the Journal page budget.
• In conjunction with Taylor & Francis oversee the aims & scope for the Journal and offer adjustments where needed.
• Write editorials.
• Keep to publishing schedules and to page budgets. Please refer to the relevant clause in your Journal or society contract for the guidelines relating to page extents.
• Set editorial policy and implement this.
• Send out general communications e.g letters from the editor, calls for papers.
• Dedicate time to the Journal and demonstrate a commitment to its future success.
• Get involved in succession planning.