The editor's role

Develop your skills in six key areas with advice from the experts

Introducing the society resource hub

Is your society taking the leap into open research publishing? In this hub for societies and associations, you’ll find a suite of open research tools and resources under one roof. From insights for your leadership team to presentations and videos for the whole community, our resources are easy to use and designed to be shared.

Join the movement to make research more transparent, more collective, and more resourceful.

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Managing your editorial board

Building an engaging editorial board is key to a journal’s success.

The objectives of a journal’s editorial board include:

  • To bring together a range of subject experts within the field who can advise on journal strategy
  • To act as a ready team of potential reviewers with an active interest in the success of the journal
  • To add credibility to the journal, and celebrate important experts in the field

Find out more on how to increase diversity in your editorial board and how to get most out of your editorial board meetings.

Overseeing the peer review process

Peer review, also known as refereeing, is a collaborative process that allows independent experts in the same field of research to evaluate and comment on manuscript submissions. The outcome of a peer review gives authors feedback to improve their work and, critically, allows the editor to assess the paper’s suitability for publication. People that are involved in the peer review process include editors, reviewers, authors and editorial board members.

Read our reviewer guidelines and tips for editors on how to manage the peer review process.

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Understanding research metrics

Research metrics are the fundamental tools used across the publishing industry to measure performance, both at journal- and author-level. But what do they all mean? How is each metric calculated? Which metrics are the most relevant to your journal? And how can you use these tools to monitor your journal’s performance?

In this guide to research metrics, we take an in-depth look at what’s in the “basket of metrics” and outline how you can identify the right metrics for your journal.

Increasing journal visibility

We all know discoverability is crucial for journal success, but what tools and techniques can you use to increase journal visibility? How can you raise the profile of your title with the audience you want to reach?

Explore our simple guides to the different techniques at your disposal. Whether you’re interested in finding out more about SEO, working with journalists, or setting up a social media presence for your journal, we’ve got you covered.


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Developing high impact content

In the current academic climate we’re all aware of the need to publish research which makes an impact. In this introduction to developing high impact content, we’ll take you through:

  • What research impact really is
  • Ways of measuring and assessing research impact
  • How to publish more content which makes an impact
  • How to boost the existing impact of your journal

Let’s get started….

Ensuring ethical integrity

Publishing ethics and ethics misconduct are something that journal editors hear a lot about, whether through direct experience in dealing with allegations of misconduct in articles submitted to or published in their journals, or through reading about them more and more in the media. At their core, publishing ethics are guidelines that should be followed by authors, editors, and reviewers to maintain the integrity of the peer review and publication process.

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