Joining editorial boards
The area of expertise of the prospective board member should fit with the aims and scope of the journal. The applicant should also have research experience and publications in his/her area of expertise. Editorial board member should be prepared to create adequate time to evaluate assigned manuscript in a timely manner.
Applicants for editorial board should complete the Editorial Board Application Form and attach their current resume. Editorial board is reviewed periodically. Members may be asked to submit updated version of their profile/resume. Editors and Editorial Board do not receive any remuneration. These positions are purely voluntary.If you are interested and willing to be the Editor/Reviewer of IJMLR, please fill the Editorial Board form and send it to the firstname.lastname@example.org.
Editorial Board responsibilities:
• All Editorial board members must obey the direction provided by the Editor-in-Chief of the journal.
• Once the plagiarism check is completed every article will be assigned with an Editor and if the article is in the area of Editor’s research interested, it is expected that assigned Editor will take up the assignment at an earliest possible time. If he or she wants to deny the assignment due to some personal reason, that should also be informed to the Editorial Board Office at an earliest possible convenience.
• Assigned Editor should not have any conflict of interest with any assignment, if so then he or she should decline the assignment stating the proper reason to the Editorial Board Office.
• It is mandatory that every Editor treat each author with proper dignity, courtesy, fair behavior irrespective of considering the matter and fate of the article.
• Honesty and transparency is must to become an Editorial Board member, where an Editor should judge every submission equally and transparently.
• Editor-in-Chief can take the final decision for any publication oriented issue.
• If required Editor may provide the necessary guidelines and dictate the process of submission to the author.
• Editor should not reveal any information regarding the author, reviewer or the article information to anyone, complete confidentiality maintenance is mandatory.
• Editor should be responsible for a fast and transparent peer review process, if required Editor may take support from the Editorial Board Office.
• Providing the final judgment on the articles assigned within the allotted time with proper reason and clarification should be done by the Editor.
• Editor should remember the policy of fast and effective peer review and further process, therefore, should communicate with the reviewers or authors depending on the stage of article processing in case of any delay.
• Editor should be responsible for any query regarding reconsideration of editorial decisions and should provide the decision quickly and clearly with proper reasons. Editor is responsible for establishing such protocol.
• Once the assigned Editor is notified by the Editorial Board Office regarding any information at any stage of the publication process for an assigned article, the Editor should respond as soon as possible.
• Along with the publisher, the Editorial Board members are responsible for timely publishing the accepted articles.
• For any article assigned Editor is responsible for selecting potential reviewers considering their expertise in particular subject areas and keeps monitoring the review process.
• It is Editor’s responsibility to inform the selected reviewers that reviewers are not entitled to use the any part of the work in any form provided in the article they are reviewing. Reviewers should be also informed about the complete confidentiality of the assignments they are undertaking.
• Editors will be responsible to convey the expectations of the journal to the reviewers with the review scope, quality and timeliness for an effective, fair and constructive review for the assigned submission.
• Every Editor should keep in mind the time required for reviewing articles before sending any reminder to the reviewer so that assigned reviewer should get appropriate time he or she requires.
• If any special issue proposal is submitted to the journal, the assigned Editorial Board member should review the proposal for suitability with the scope of the journal, timeliness and assessing the scope and the importance of the topic.
• Editorial Board members may recommend for the timely topics and suggest potential guest Editors considering the scope, importance and timeliness of the topic.
• Guest Editor can handle a special issue independently while maintaining a regular communication with the Editorial Board member and Editorial Board Office.
• Once a special issue is finalized and Review the special issue proposals for relevance to current research in the concerned field.
• Recommend suitable proposals and their guest editors along with their biographies.
For more Guidelines you can read below links:
COPE - Code of Conduct and Best Practice Guidelines for Journal Editors
ICMJE - Responsibilities in the Submission and Peer-Review Process
WAME - Policy Statements (The Relationship Between Journal Editors-in-Chief and Owners)
COPE Code of Conduct for Journal Publishers