Call for Regional Assistant Editors

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Call for Regional Assistant Editors

International Gambling Studies

30 April 2020

Role of Regional Assistant Editors

The role of the Regional Assistant Editors (RAEs) is to assist in the peer-review process and provide support for International Gambling Studies (IGS). The RAEs make a valuable contribution to IGS through their wide range of expertise, experience, and judgement in making informed and reasonable decisions about manuscripts which increase the integrity of the peer-review process.

The RAE role includes:

  • Co-ordinating the review process for manuscripts they are assigned within an appropriate time frame within the ScholarOne system. This includes:
    • Selecting 3 appropriate expert peer-reviewers who are able to provide a range of advice to guide the editorial decision and provide constructive comments to authors. Peer-reviewers are selected from the RAE’s own contacts, connections, and knowledge of active researchers in the field, in addition to the existing IGS reviewer database and tools provided by the publishers, Taylor and Francis.
    • Corresponding with reviewers to ensure that reviews are completed on time and provide sufficient detail and advice to guide a recommendation to the Editorial Board and, where relevant, comments to guide revision or resubmission by the authors.
    • Evaluating reviewer comments and recommendations to provide an overall recommendation and justifications to guide a decision on the manuscript.
    • Corresponding with the Editors as necessary with any difficulties, queries and the final recommendation.
    • Reviewing revised manuscripts and re-sending for external review, making recommendations until a final decision has been reached, eventuating in the acceptance or rejection of a manuscript (i.e., reviewing resubmitted and/or revised manuscripts).
  •  When required, to complete additional brief manuscript reviews requested by the Editors. In such cases, the turnaround time frame may be as short as seven days.
  • Promoting IGS in a professional capacity when networking with colleagues, including at conferences and their own institution. This may include encouraging manuscript submission or Letters to the Editor. RAEs may also consider IGS for their own publications. Appropriate processes exist to ensure any RAE submitting a manuscript is blinded from this process.
  • Potentially acting as a Guest Editor on a relevant Special Issue of IGS or making recommendations to recruit people for these roles.

IGS currently receives approximately 100 submitted manuscripts per year. Manuscripts are assigned to RAEs based on the relevance of manuscripts to the RAE’s expertise (including methodology, subject, and geographic location) in combination with the existing workload across the RAE board. Due to the 24/7 nature of the peer-review process, it is expected that workloads will moderate over time. The RAE workload is expected to be about 1 day a month.

In acknowledgement of their contributions, Regional Assistant Editors are entitled to an allowance of up to AUD $1000 over the three-year period of service to attend a relevant conference with the requirement that they promote IGS at that conference.

RAEs are expected to use the ScholarOne system. Training will be provided by the publishers, Taylor and Francis, to use this system.

RAEs will initially be appointed for a period of one year, with the term of appointment extended to three years if performance is considered satisfactory after the initial period. If the Editor determines that any RAE fails to meet their minimal obligations, they may be given the alternative option of being listed on the International Editorial Board or as a reviewer rather than as an RAE. If an RAE feels that they are unable to satisfactorily complete the requirements of this role, they should discuss this with the Editor-in-Chief as early as possible.

RAEs must provide a list of potential conflicts of interests that may be made publicly available. Attention to research, publication and professional ethics must be carefully adhered to and resources will be provided to ensure that relevant ethical concepts and processes are understood. Ignorance of expected ethical obligations will not be accepted as an excuse for failure to adhere to ethics guidelines and standards.

Why become involved as an Editor?

We know that life is busy. Academics have many demands on their time, so why add one more responsibility and commitment?

Serving as an RAE for IGS can yield lasting dividends. The role typically takes a few hours each week, but the benefits include:

  • Expanding your network – with the Editors and other RAEs, as well as with authors and reviewers around the world
  • Being able to read state-of-the-art research – before it is published
  • Contributing to the academic literature – the roles of editors and reviewers are fundamental to ensuring that best practice research is published and shared with the broader community
  • Increase your own academic skills and expertise – the best way to improve your own manuscript writing is to read, review, and edit other manuscripts. Reading reviewer comments and working with authors to improve manuscripts is an excellent way to understand what is needed to get published.
  • Increase your visibility in the field – by working with editors, reviewers, and authors, you will get to know and become known by researchers outside of your usual networks, geographical region, and discipline.
  • Enhance your resume/CV – your experience as an RAE will enhance your CV by demonstrating your contribution to your discipline, which is typically

Submission Details

International Gambling Studies (IGS) is seeking to recruit new Regional Assistant Editors (RAEs) to assist the Editor-in-Chief and Editor in managing the peer-review process. Interested applicants are encouraged to review the attached document outlining the role of the RAEs and apply via email.

Selection criteria:

  • Experience as a peer-reviewer, member of an editorial board, editorial advisory board, guest editor, or editor of relevant high-quality international peer-review journals.
  • Knowledge, expertise and academic contribution as an active researcher on relevant areas within the gambling field that are covered within IGS as demonstrated by published peer-reviewed journal articles.
  • Collaborative connections and networks within and across multidisciplinary fields domestically and internationally, as demonstrated by invited presentations, invited roles on panels/committees, active collaborations and affiliations etc.

Application process:

Interested applicants should send an email to [email protected] with the subject line: RAE Application SURNAME.

  • The email should include the following attachments:
    • Cover letter outlining response to the selection criteria, brief details of areas of expertise (subject and methodological), contact details, and current position, including any current editorial roles (3 pages max)
    • Brief CV (5 pages max)
  • Applicants should also ensure that their account in ScholarOne is up-to-date with their keywords, institution, and contact details.
  • The Editors will review all applications and aim to invite relevant individuals to review a manuscript submitted to IGS. This may or may not fall into the applicant’s direct area of expertise but will provide an opportunity to demonstrate the applicant’s ability to peer-review a manuscript.
  • An RAE board will ideally be selected that represents a range of relevant expertise across the broad subject areas and research methods covered by IGS, as well as suitable geographical distribution as relevant to the international authorship represented by IGS.
  • Please direct any questions to [email protected]

Key dates:

  • Applications should be emailed by April 17, 2020
  • Decisions will aim to be made by May 31, 2020
  • Positions will start July 1, 2020

As of January 2020, IGS has an accept ratio of 27.4%. The average days from submission to first decision is 42. Initial reviews are typically received within 20 days. The current impact factor is 2.016 and the Scimago ranking is 19/35 Q2 (.662). IGS aims to have around 10 Regional Assistant Editors reflecting the multidisciplinary nature of submissions received and international coverage of the journal. The RAEs work with the Editor-in-Chief, Editor and Editorial Assistant, based at the University of Sydney.

In 2020, IGS will implement new policies supporting Open Science and offer Open Science Badges. Authors will be asked to state whether they have pre-registered their studies and whether the data and materials used are openly accessible. This will be in addition to the requirement to disclose sources of funding and any competing or potential conflicts of interest.

There are no submission fees, publication fees or page charges for this journal.

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