Journal Management (Editorial Roles)
Responsibility of different roles
The roles and responsibilities of each member of the editing team are clearly defined and in line with their areas of expertise to ensure efficiency and productivity. Below are descriptions of each role's duties.
The (Executive) Editor-in-Chief (EiC) is in charge of making all final decisions on themes and content for the journal, editing, website content, advertising, relationship-building, and the journal's future course. Most EiCs also work full-time jobs at university medical centres; the role is voluntary and unpaid.
The general responsibilities of this role include:
- Deciding on future issue ideas, content, and authors in collaboration with Associate Editors;
- Directing the journal's daily operations, particularly the peer-review procedure, with assistance from other editorial team members
- Ensuring that contributions' content adheres to the necessary ethical norms and strict international standards of ethical behaviour with regard to research involving either human or animal topics
- Addressing recurring issues like plagiarism and verifying that articles are original and haven't been published elsewhere;
- To create a flow of content and guarantee the journal is delivered on time, the publisher commission’s articles from subject-matter experts and facilitates effective peer review of submitted materials.
- Providing tasks to each team member and ensuring their timely completion;
- Strengthening the content's quality through editing and accepting or rejecting contributions in accordance with predetermined criteria;
- Keeping in touch with the editorial board on a regular basis;
- Coming up with suggestions for methods to promote the journal and boost article citations, such as by employing new technologies, putting global readership strategies into action, and utilising new media forms including apps, eBooks, and multimedia films.
The Editor-in-Chief is assisted by the Associate Editor-in-Chief (AEiC) in coming up with plans for things like creating journal-related topics and arranging journal issues. Most AEiCs also work full-time jobs at academic medical centres; the role is voluntary and unpaid. The role's general duties consist of the following:
- Proposing future issue topics, content, and contributors;
- Assisting the EiC in the day-to-day operation of the journal, especially the peer-review process, with the support of other editorial staff;
- Editing the content of journal issues;
- addressing occasional issues like plagiarism and ensuring that articles are unique and haven't already been published elsewhere;
- commissioning contributions from authorities on timely topics and managing the peer review procedure for submitted articles to create a content flow and guarantee the journal is delivered on time;
- Editing content in order to enhance its quality and approving or rejecting submissions based on present grounds;
- Building relationships and communicating with editorial members and authors.
Associate editors are well-known experts in their respective fields. This group's variety highlights the journal's worldwide perspective and encourages further cooperation amongst research institutes. The majority of Associate Editors also hold full-time posts at academic medical institutes. The Associate Editor role is voluntary and unpaid. The duties of the position include:
- Assisting EiCs in deciding future issue topics, content, and contributors;
- Requesting contributions from subject-matter experts and facilitating effective peer review of materials supplied to create a content flow and guarantee the journal will be delivered on time;
- Generating concepts to advance journal recognition and boost article citations, such as leveraging new technology, putting strategies in place to enhance readership globally, and utilising new media formats, such applications, eBooks, and multimedia films.
Guest editors are recognised experts in their professions on a global scale. The majority of them work full-time jobs at university medical centres and are voluntary and unpaid. A guest editor is in charge of:
- Compiling the author invitation list for special series;
- Encouraging other eminent doctors and scientists to contribute and share their knowledge and experience in the series;
- Overseeing the scientific content of the series along with the Editors-in-Chief and Associate Editors;
- Generating ideas to promote the series.
Editorial Board Members are a distinguished group of doctors or surgeons from various countries who have a keen interest in academic publishing. The majority of editorial board members work full-time jobs at academic medical facilities and are unpaid volunteers. In addition to suggesting qualified outside reviewers, the Editorial Board is in charge of:
- Deciding on new themes for commission or focused issues, offering guidance on the journal's direction, providing feedback on previous issues, and suggesting new topics, potential authors, or guest editors.
- Giving authors helpful advice regarding the article's substance, organisation, therapeutic applicability, and potential improvement areas;
- Peer reviewing articles;
- Advising the AEiC and/or EiC on whether a submitted article should be accepted or rejected based on the objective peer review process;
- Providing content in the form of occasional editorials and other short articles.
Managing Editors at the International Academic and Research Consortium are typically full-time workers, but occasionally a doctor who works full-time at an academic medical facility can fill the post. The duties of the position include:
- Coordinating editorial activities, especially correspondence with authors and other editors;
- Managing staffing and scheduling for the journal;
- Monitoring the progress of soliciting articles;
- Scrutinizing the progress of peer review;
- Monitoring the journal’s website.
Experts from a variety of study fields who serve as section editors and academic editors are crucial to the journal's development, particularly in terms of the range, depth, and sophistication of its content. They are hired through online interviews and the screening of CVs. The majority of them work full-time jobs at university medical centres and are voluntary and unpaid. They are accountable for: They pay special attention to the most recent advancements in research, recommend top-notch experts to the Editorial Office, and
- Solicitation of editorial/editorial commentary and the review of the solicited commentary materials;
- Corresponding with and extending invitations to recommended experts;
- Promoting articles published in a specific journal via Chinese online platforms,
- Carrying out initial manuscript checks and reviews according to the submission criteria;
- Recommending appropriate reviewers for the peer review process;
- Assisting other editors in implementing the policies of the journal and in monitoring the efficiency of its systems;
- Contributing to the on-going expansion of the reviewer database.
Science Editors/Senior Editors/Corresponding Editors are full-time employees at International Academic and Research Consortium who are responsible for:
- Conducting initial manuscript checks and reviews to assess whether the submission criteria has been fulfilled;
- Examining manuscripts for errors with grammar, spelling, and terminology;
- Examining manuscripts for stylistic issues;
- Providing advice on figures and plots to be published in the journal;
- Assisting with the design of optimal journal covers for each issue;
- Supporting editorial staff with the editing and proofing of manuscripts and preparing the manuscripts for publication;
- Providing assistance and identifying and resolving issues regarding the electronic format of the journal;
- Carrying out the initial screening of unsolicited materials submitted to the journal and liaising on such matters with other editors;
- Helping to identify potential guest editors and reaching out to them.
A submission is evaluated by the Statistics Editor to see whether it meets the required statistical standards for publishing in the journal. The majority of statistics editors work full-time jobs at academic medical facilities and are unpaid volunteers. The duties of the position include:
- Ensuring that the objectives of the study are clear and the study design meets the objectives;
- Confirming the patients are clearly described, and where relevant, that a power calculation has been undertaken;
- Checking that the statistical methods are clearly described and appropriate statistical analysis methods have been used;
- Ensuring the satisfactory presentation of statistical results;
- Making sure meta-analyses have been appropriately conducted.
Language Editors are full-time or part-time employees at International Academic and Research Consortium who are native English speakers with a background in academic writing and/or editing. They are responsible for:
- Reviewing the language of articles as part of the review process;
- Providing comprehensive and advanced editing (e.g., checking the language, logic, and structure of articles);
- Verifying the consistency of terminology and compliance of the text with the glossary.
Video Editors are full-time employees at International Academic and Research Consortium who are responsible for quality checking and editing the videos submitted along with an article.
Production Editors are full-time employees at International Academic and Research Consortium who are responsible for:
- Overseeing the entire production process and content of publications;
- Communicating with authors and editors to ensure the publication meets quality standards and deadlines;
- Editing content for websites and advertisements;
- Ensuring that the journal’s style guide is followed and updated, and that all URLs and statements in the articles are correct;
- Maintaining a calendar and notifying the team of upcoming deadlines (e.g., holidays and events);
- Ensuring the journals are delivered on time, both online and in print, and are finished to the highest quality.
Copy Editors are full-time employees at International Academic and Research Consortium who are responsible for:
- Ensuring that the material complies with publication standards and rules, is written in a clear and scientifically accurate manner, and is error-free in both spelling and grammar. This entails checking how specific words, phrases, or typographical components are used and ensuring that the text and illustrations are consistent;
- Making the manuscript clear and concise, with relevant suggestions passed to the Editors-in-Chief;
- Fact-checking and raising queries with authors;
- Looking out for potential issues which may arise in relation to plagiarism and inconsistent results;
- Checking that tables, illustrations, legends, and captions are correct;
- Producing material for publication.