The Medsci publications a registered publisher publishing scientific, original, peer reviewed research-oriented article (s) in the field of Biomedical science since year 2009. All the journal published by the publisher is double blind, open access, peer reviewed, periodical. If you have aspirations to become an editor, one of the ways is through a direct invitation from a publisher. This may happen as a result of your expertise in a specific field of science or discipline, in particular when Publishers wish to publish a new journal. Another way to become an editor is to submit application with your CV. Selection of the editor is at discretion of our evaluation panel. However, fulfilment of the following criterial will increase chances of selection.
Typical criteria for an Editor position
These would be:
- Candidate should have minimum of MD/MS/Ph.D. degree.
- Expertise and experience in the specialist field related to the journal.
- Publication record of a number of articles and /or books (usually in / related to the specialist field).
- Being a reviewer for an international peer reviewed journal.
- Enthusiasm to undertake the Editor role, but ensuring recognition of all aspects of the reality of the role and the work involved
Main Role and Responsibility of a Journal Editor
The key role of a journal editor is to promote scholarship in the specialist field associated with the journal. For any journal the editor will need to encourage new and established authors to submit articles and set up a reliable panel of expert reviewers. Editors are also responsible for offering feedback to reviewers when required and ensure that any feedback to authors is constructive.
In terms of responsibilities:
- An editor should endeavour to be a leader in the specific field of practice underpinning journal content as it helps the journal development, presence and standing within the international community.
- An editor should also familiarize themselves with the Committee on Publication Ethics (COPE) ‘Code of Conduct and Best Practice Guidelines for Journal Editors’. This has a large resource on the topic of ethical conduct of journal editors, authors and reviewers.
- Depending on how the journal is managed and how it is structured, an Editor may have to make all the decisions regarding which articles to accept or reject for publication. However, journals will have Associate Editors, Assistant Editors or Section Editors to help them with making those important decisions. For example, any decision involving unethical practice, will often involve the publisher or their representative alongside the Editor and a Section Editor who has discovered the issue.
- As an editor, you will have three or four groups of people to contact on a regular basis: a) the publisher, b) the authors c) the reviewers and d) in some journals direct contact with the production team who manage the publication side of the journal. This latter group will work with the editor to agree which articles to place in each edition, ensure that the Editor does not use more than the agreed number of pages per issue (especially if paper based) and send editor information concerning all articles in their various stages of the editorial process. The Production team member dedicated to that Editor may also be responsible for communicating with authors and reviewers directly.
An Editorial Board is primarily made up of a team of individuals that work directly with the Editor to develop the journal and promote new initiatives. Members of the Board may also take responsibility for key activities linked to the journal, for example the Book review editor or Section Editor (such as Section Editor for Systematic Reviews). The Editorial Board normally appoints a Chairperson, who could be one of the board members or could also be the Publisher. When there are meetings, either face to face, teleconferences or Skype, the Chairperson would manage the agenda and the meeting of the Editorial Board. Editorial Board members are chosen for their expertise in key areas related to the journal or chosen for their international presence in the field. There are instances where excellent long standing reviewers can also be asked to join the Editorial Board. They are normally also from the same expert field as the journal topic. Depending on the roles and responsibilities set by the publisher, the Editor typically reports directly to the Editorial Board. A journal’s Editorial Board jointly takes decision to include or removal of any editors or reviewers.
Medsci Publications strictly adopted following publication ethics and policies of:
- Committee on Publication Ethics (COPE: https://publicationethics.org/)
- World Association of Medical Editors (WAME: http://www.wame.org/)
- International Committee of Medical Journal Editors (ICMJE: http://www.icmje.org/)
- Consolidated Standards of Reporting Trials (CONSORT: http://www.consort-statement.org/)
- Guidelines for what a Publication Ethics and Malpractice Statement should adhere to (PEMS)