By: Holly Koppel, Senior Managing Editor | ORCID: 0009-0005-7304-5271Jennifer Parresol, ENV SP | ORCID: 0009-0005-9219-1741American Society of Civil Engineers Editor’s Note: This is the final post in a series of three covering different types of publishing workflows. The first focused on article-based publishing. The second discussed print and online aspects of Issue-based publishing, and this final post, […]
Instructions to authors play a pivotal role in the world of academic publishing, serving as the primary guide for authors navigating the intricacies of manuscript submission. Beyond being a mere set of guidelines, they embody the gateway to recognition, offering a blueprint for authors to present their research in its most compelling form. In today’s post from ORIGINal Thoughts, author Meg Weist implores you to remember one key thing about instructions to authors—simplicity is key.
In this post from ORIGINal Thoughts, author Erin Landis shares her experiences with working with editors who have a seemingly endless list of ideas for the journals they oversee. She shares strategies for how to manage their creative energy, helping to empower editorial staff to set limits, leading to more balanced relationships with the editors they work with day-in and day-out.
In this second post in a series on different types of publishing workflows, authors Judy Connors and Denise Kuo share their collective experience working with issue-based journals, dividing the post into print and online (digital) publication editorial workflows as. During their careers, they’ve seen that systems and processes can vary between these two types of publications despite the end outcome being the same: publish relevant content on a timely basis while maintaining journal standards.
Content is Queen: How to Leverage Your Subject-Matter Experts to Effectively Promote Your Journal on Social Media
Many years on from the advent of social media and scholarly publishing leveraging such platforms to disseminate research, most journals have well-established social media programs. But are these journals really getting the most bang for their buck? Author Brook Simpson explains how using your journal’s subject matter experts–your authors and editors–can take your social media program to an entirely new level (and prevent some headaches for the editorial staff!)
Today’s post by Judy Connors is the latest in a series that focuses on topics of particular interest to contractors (although today’s subject is applicable in employed settings as well). Hard (technical) skills are often associated with the work that contractors perform; however, soft skills and emotional intelligence are equally as important for contractors working with clients and full-time employees. The “…As a Contractor” series provides practical information on best practices for working as an independent contractor in scholarly publishing.
How you handle ethics in your editorial office is extremely important to all stakeholders involved in the peer review process; therefore, having a firm grasp on exactly what your policies are and how you enforce them is paramount. In today’s post, author Jennifer Mahar explains what types of ethics policies journals should have, how your ethics workflow should support these policies, and resources that will help you develop effective ethics policies for your journals.
In this second of three posts from ORIGINal Thoughts on the theme of reviewer training as a form of engagement to both increase reviewer invitation acceptance rates and elevate review standards, authors Melecia Miller and Jason Roberts look at a variety of training programs that have already been implemented that journals and societies may consider emulating. Consider this your one-stop-shop for reviewer-training programs.
We are now three years on from the summer of 2020 when the globe was thrust into a racial- and social justice- reckoning, followed by a renewed examination of persistent disparities across gender, sexuality, and accessibility in politics, government, and business. The scholarly publishing industry has been no exception from this inward look. The need for change is critical—and daunting. What can your journal do to advance progress toward a more diverse, equitable, and inclusive research communications ecosystem?
Understanding copyright protection and providing proper support on copyright-related issues presents several challenges for editorial professionals. In this post Libby Morgan Beri breaks down the basics of copyright, explaining what copyright does and does not protect, how long copyright lasts, and how Creative Commons licenses work. This is a must-read for any editorial professional in the scholarly publishing space looking to understand the fundamentals of copyright.
Sometimes a journal’s list of policies can be daunting, especially when authors are eager to have their latest research published as soon as possible. Is it necessary that every submission adhere to all established policies? In a word, yes. In this third post in a series dedicated to editorial office policies, Terri Bowen and Jennifer Mahar share their thoughts on the types of policies every journal should have.
A quick rundown of the topics we’ve covered in ORIGINal Thoughts so far.
In this post Kharissia Pettus explains why figures are such a critical component of a journal article and provides tips on how journals can help guide authors to create high-quality figures.
In this first in a short series of posts on reviewer training, author Jason Roberts encourages journals to consider offering educational opportunities to improve performance, an act that could be presented both as giving back to the community and an investment in the future pool of author-reviewer talent.
Starting out on your own as a self-employed contractor in the scholarly publishing space can be exciting but daunting. In our continued series on “How to be a Contractor,” Jennifer Mahar explores important considerations for self-employment, including insurance, taxes, and investment.
Having clearly written and transparent authorship policies on your website is critically important to the successful operations of your journal. In this post, author Diane Punger discusses several key aspects of authorship including how it is defined, the role of the corresponding author, understanding what to do when changes to the author byline are requested, and more.
A journal’s workflow dictates how articles make their way through production and into an issue, and how those issues are compiled and released. In this post, author Lindsey Brounstein defines article-based publishing and shares important considerations for this workflow if you are thinking about implementing it for your journal.
Peer review management, journal publishing, and many other activities within scholarly publishing frequently are managed by teams that include contractors—this has become even more common because of the pandemic, with journals finding cost-savings with outsourced editorial personnel. Today’s post is the first in a series of “how to” articles around being an independent contractor.
Policies are the foundation that we build our workflows on in the editorial office. In this first post of a series dedicated to editorial office policies, Jennifer Mahar explains why they are so important and how clarity, transparency, and documentation are the main keys for writing effective policies.
The Latest Buzz in Our Biz: How Will the Nelson Memo’s Recommendations on Data Deposition Impact Editorial Offices?
How will the Nelson Memo’s recommendations on open data impact editorial offices? Kristie Overstreet explores how journal staff can support open-data mandates