ALIG Journal’s Editorial Board

The editorial board of ALIG Journals consists of a group of prominent people in the journal’s field. Having an editorial board is very important: they act as representatives for journals. To some extent the quality of a journal is judged by the members and academic credentials of its editorial board.

Objectives of the Editorial Board

The role of the editorial board is to advise and support the editors. Functions may include:

  • Identifying new topics for commissions, special editions and advising on direction for the journal—giving feedback on past issues and making suggestions for both subject matter and potential authors.
  • Provide content by writing occasional editorials and other short articles.
  • Approaching potential contributors.
  • Peer review; also help to identify peer reviewers and provide second opinions on papers (i.e. where there is a conflict between reviewers).
  • Identify appropriate conferences for editors to attend.
  • Endorse the journal to authors, readers and subscribers and encourage colleagues to submit their best work.

Recruitments of Board Members

Editorial board members must be peers whose judgement is highly regarded within the journal’s main discipline; or their decisions may not be regarded as valid. Publication number and academic aptitude are the top factors for editorial board membership.

How to identify potential candidates?

Potential candidates might be recruited from authors or peer reviewers that have worked for your journal or from recommendations by other board members.

When recruiting potential board members, it is useful to provide them with a brief description of the role, outlining the responsibilities, and clearly stating that this is a voluntary position with no remuneration related to the post.

A good working relationship is needed between the editorial board and the journal. A term of office of three years is fairly normal for many journals.  We are maintaining up-to-date list of board members, including their particular areas of expertise, and keep notes on how useful they have been in the past.

The size of editorial boards varies across journals and between disciplines and there is no exact number, but what is particularly important is to include members from international reputes in our editorial board as much as possible to promote the journal across multiple regions and different countries.

Editorial Board Structure

Editors are ultimately accountable for the quality of their journal’s content. Editors are responsible for identifying important ‘hot topics’, sourcing high quality manuscripts, handling day-to-day paperwork, and organizing the flow of manuscripts (i.e. from author to referees and back and finally to the publisher).

The two most important attributes of a good editor are:

(1) Good knowledge of subjects

(2) Disciplined and Well Organized.

Basic Role and Responsibilities of Journal Editorial Board 

Patron

A Patron who commissions articles; coordinates peer review; liaises with authors, reviewers and board members; writes short editorials, news and research highlights, and carries out heavy developmental/technical editing of manuscripts.

 Editor-in-Chief

The most senior editor who has overall responsibility for the journal.

Role of Editor-in-Chief

  • The editor-in-chief is also known as the executive editor, and manages all the day-to-day operations of a publication of journal.
  • The editor-in-chief oversees all of the assistant, or department, editors of a publication and ensures each issue is released on time.
  • The editors-in-chief worked up to this top position by starting out as writers, then working as assistant or associate editors.

Responsibilities of Editor-in-Chief

  • The editor-in-chief is responsible for hiring, especially of the assistant and associate editors. With the assistant and associate editors, the editor-in-chief creates the editorial board, or outline, for each of the publication’s editions or issues.
  • The editor-in-chief reviews all articles and pictures for precision as well as potential libel or slander, and provides suggestions, if needed, about any changes to make before the publication goes to press or is released digitally.
  • The editor-in-chief approves the layouts and design.
  • The editor-in-chief meets regularly with the publisher or publication board to discuss issues, plans, and other business relating to the publication.
  • The editor-in-chief has the responsibility of drawing up budget proposals and any other information requested by the publisher.
  • The editor-in-chief generates ideas for new ways of doing things, such as using new technology, implementing ways to increase readership, and how to utilize new media. Tough problems are often handled by the editor-in-chief, and advice about editorial issues is also provided. Whenever a social function happens, the editor-in-chief is the publication’s representative, and some travel can be required.
  • In the end, the editor-in-chief has the final authority in the journal which article/s and pictures get published.

Associate editor

Publications has a great influence in our daily lives. It is one of the most effective ways of communication. It gives the people an idea about the latest happenings around the world.

Role of Associate Editor

  • The associate editor plays a vital role in supporting the editor.
  • The associate editor primarily role involves reviewing other’s content and making the necessary changes, planning and assisting in the production and other related administrative duties.

Responsibilities of Associate Editor

  • The associate editor responsibilities depend on the type and size of publication house the person is working in and may differ from one organization to other.
  • The associate editor is a middle level intermediary position who has some experience in editing but not sufficient experience to qualify for a senior post.
  • The associate editor ensures the subordinates submit content of high quality.
  • The associate editor provides guidance and constructive support to section editors, assistant editors and reviewers.
  • The associate editor responsibility in developing and implementing policies and procedures that are in compliance with the ethical standards.
  • The associate editor responsible for the hiring process whenever there is shortage of editorial board and trains them.
  • The associate editor checks the content thoroughly with respect to its content, style and grammar.
  • The associate editor request to rewrite some of the articles in order to ensure high quality.

Section editor and Assistant Editor

Role and Responsibilities

  • Section Editors and Assistant Editor usually manage the review of submissions and the editing of those that are accepted.
  • Depending on the journal’s policies, however, a section editor and assistant editor initially assigned to a submission by an associate editor may be asked only to see it through the review stage, after which, if the submission is accepted, the associate editor takes over and send these submissions to the reviewers.

Web editor

 Role and Responsibilities

  • Responsible for the online content.
  • Producing and publishing new content in a creative way.
  • Coordinating with authors and in-house editorial team members to decide on new posts.
  • Managing layout (images, graphics, videos and artwork)

Reviewer

Role and Responsibilities

The Reviewer is invited through the email by associate editor to review a submission, which includes its title and abstract, as well as the journal’s URL and a username and password for the Reviewer to use to enter the journal.

Usually papers sending by the associate editor to reviewers through the email id and in this case, the Reviewer then responds by email.

Editorial Board Meetings

Editorial board meetings are useful opportunities to meet with some or all of the editorial board members to brief them on issues, take questions and also gain ideas for policies and upcoming journal editions. We are doing by face to face, or via telephone or video conferencing as in the present situation of COVID-19 we are doing through the ZOOM and We created the WhatsApp group for the same also.

Where board meetings are not possible, try to arrange to meet with board members on an individual basis at conferences or other events. Meeting board members is a key way of networking and building and strengthening the relationship with your editorial board.