Editorial Policies - What you need to know!
An editor is the most important person in the process of journal publishing. He is responsible for taking care of all the minor intricacies and other important factors to enhance a journal. He also holds the responsibility towards an author and other members to assist them in forming an article.
Plus, he makes sure whether the appropriate papers for the journal have been submitted or there is a requirement for an additional manuscript from the author.
In case an extra manuscript is needed for the journal, he helps the author with the same. The main job of the editor is to introduce his best knowledge to a particular field of publishing while also striking a proper balance among other important factors of the journal.
Therefore, ARCC journals give importance to the role of editors as it is the only method of ensuring the quality of the journal by making fruitful relations with author, reviewers and adhere to high value responsibilities towards Editorial Board Members.
The Scrutiny of the Manuscripts
In this step, the papers go under some serious scrutinizing at the time of their submission. It is determined whether the findings of the scientific works are suitable and sufficient for publishing a journal or not. Then the editor checks again for any errors in the intellectual property.
Therefore, it’s mandatory to determine that the content of the manuscripts has an appropriate table, a proper structure, figures, and sufficient references in a professional manner.
The contents of the paper that need to be presented in the journal are cross-checked with the accurate guidelines of the journal. These guidelines are then strictly followed for a world-class publication. In short, it is made sure that the articles aren’t rejected at the time of their publication.
The Responsibilities towards Peer-Reviewers and Authors
At ARCC, the editors are also given the responsibility to send the manuscript to available peer-reviewers. Once the editors makes sure that the papers or the manuscripts have all the necessary details, high-quality content, and proper formatting, the real process of the peer-review begins.
The submitted papers/manuscripts by the author are then sent to the peer reviewers. Now the important task is to find and appoint experienced peers for this process. ARCC have an expertise panel of more than 5000 professionals from all over the world in various subjects.
Also, skilled experts are given the job of reviewing the articles in a timely and proper manner so that they can give their unbiased and valued feedback. The journal editors must utilize their potential for proper reviewing as it is an indispensable part of the publication process.
The editor demands the reports of the papers from the expert reviewers. Once they are submitted, the editor makes a proper assessment to determine whether the documents formed by the author include accurate scholarly studies or not.
If the need arises, he can also ask the reviewers for further help on the information he got from them.
Some more responsibilities of Editor towards Peer-Reviewers
Assigns papers for review suitable to each reviewer’s interest and expertise.
Establishes a procedure for reviewers to make sure that they keep the information in the manuscript confidential and complete the review in a timely manner.
Informing reviewers that it is not permitted to use any work described in the manuscript or to misuse the knowledge they got through reviewing pre-publication.
Requests the reviewers to identify any potential conflicts and asks them to challenge themselves if they cannot provide an impartial review.
Gives reviewers ample time to finish their reviews.
Now coming to the Responsibility towards the Author
ARCC editors has to make sure several developments in the domain of publishing including the reviews, suggestions, and changes advised by the peers. The prime concern of the editor is the secrecy of the documents and the reviewers aren’t permitted to misuse the works of the author.
Our editors need to determine that no part of the content is misused by the co-experts also. The knowledge and experience acquired by the reviewers must be in safe hands and all reviewers must discourage its disclosure.
Provides guidelines to the authors for preparing and submitting manuscripts.
Provides a clear statement of the journal’s policies on the criteria for authorship.
Treats the authors with courtesy, fairness, honesty, objectivity, and transparency.
Protects the confidentiality of authors’ works.
Establishes a proper system for quick and effective review process.
Makes editorial decisions quickly and communicates them clearly and constructively.
Avoids the possibility of the editors and/or references stopping the progress of a manuscript for malicious reasons.
Establishes clear rules for authors related to legal practices for sharing information, particularly those needed to reproduce the research, pre and post publication.
Establishes a process for the reconsideration of editorial decisions.
Describes, implements, and regularly reviews policies for handling issues and allegations or evidences of misconduct by authors or anyone else involved in the peer review procedure.
Responsibility towards the Authorship
Well, the editor needs to make sure that there isn’t any conflict in authorship. The criteria of the authorship whether it is individual or a group must also be identified. It needs to be cross-checked with the content submitted by the individual or the group authorship.
The authors need to acknowledge that the papers or manuscripts they hold meet the standards of the editor’s knowledge. It is also expected from the authors to review and sign the content they have submitted as a final draft. A lot of times the authors are also responsible for the complete final article.
There must be a properly specified reference for the readers to have discourse with the author in case they want to acquire further knowledge from them.
The responsibility towards the scientific community
The editor is also responsible towards the scientific community in any particular study. The manuscripts are the building blocks of the journal on any comprehensive research.
As a result, it is the top most responsibility of ARCC editors to go through all the manuscripts/papers before publication so that the study material presented in the paper is appropriate for the scientific community.
The research-based findings should be included in the journal to present the learned references given in the manuscript.
Here an editor:
Evaluates all manuscripts that are finalized for publication and make sure that they provide proper evidence to the readers for the assessment of conclusions.
Provides literature references and the contact information of the author so that the readers may pursue further discourse if they desire.
Identifies individual and group authorship to make sure that the criteria of authorship is met.
Maintains the journal’s integrity.
Ensures that everyone involved in the process of publication don’t manipulate citations.
Discloses sources such as journal ownership, authorship, funding etc.
Forms mechanisms to make sure that the journal is offering what readers want.
Discloses all potential conflicts of those involved in the consideration of a manuscript and/or affirming that it doesn’t exist.
Provides a mechanism for further discourse on the scientific advantages of a paper such as by inviting commentaries, publishing letters to the editors, blogs, articles, etc.
Works with the publisher to receive the top quality manuscripts and research that whether they will be of interest to the readers or not.
Responsibility towards Publisher
• Conducting review of manuscripts.
• Complying with the guidelines and procedures of the organization, including the terms mentioned in the contract.
• Making an enhanced evaluation and dissemination of scientific material.
• Complying with the fiscal policies of the owner and publisher towards the journal.
• Adhering to the mission, schedule, and practices of the publication.
Apart from the points mentioned above, an editor must also make sure that he meets all the obligations and demands of other individuals and groups (owners, parent society, funders/sponsors, publishers, readers, authors, news media, advertisers, and government agencies) while having complete editorial freedom by authority and autonomy.
As this is not an easy task, the editors must feel free to take help of peers and/or organizations, if need arises.
On a final statement ARCC Editors are adhere towards their responsibilities towards each aspect of the journal from publisher to readers. Editors are the key aspect to maintain the quality and conducting smooth process of article publication to the journals.