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Experiences from Editing a Journal: Case EJOR. Jyrki Wallenius Helsinki School of Economics EJOR Editor 1999-2004 Outgoing Editor till June 30, 2005 EJOR Editorial Board Member 1981-1998. What does an editor do?.

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experiences from editing a journal case ejor

Experiences from Editing a Journal: Case EJOR

Jyrki Wallenius

Helsinki School of Economics

EJOR Editor 1999-2004

Outgoing Editor till June 30, 2005

EJOR Editorial Board Member 1981-1998

what does an editor do
What does an editor do?
  • Depends on the size and type of the journal and the structure of the editorial board – whether we talk about a large or a small journal, whether departmental editors are used or not, whether the journal is ”owned” by a society or whether it is published by a commercial publisher
  • Far-reaching matters
  • Daily business
far reaching matters
Far-reaching matters
  • Editors have a contract with the publisher (commercial publisher) – defining their and the publisher’s role
  • Publisher and editors jointly decide about publishing policy (theory vs. practice, specialized vs. broad) – with a major journal the editors can in the long run to some extent influence the development of their field
far reaching matters continued
Far-reaching matters -- continued
  • Does the journal receive enough quality submissions?
  • Does the journal have a good reputation?
  • Can you improve the journal’s impact factor?
  • What to do about ’marginalized’ fields? ’In-breeding’
  • Fighting plagiarism
daily business supervising the review process
Daily business – supervising the review process
  • Decide, whether a submitted paper fits to the journal (about 10% declined– also because of bad English)
  • Choose the reviewers, communicate with them (contact 4 to get 2 reviews)
  • Communicate the reviews to authors; resolve conflicts; communicate the authors’ revisions and responses to reviewers
  • Read the paper myself?
  • Make final decisions – revise (once, twice, three times), accept, reject
daily business continued
Daily business -- continued
  • How are reviewers chosen?
  • Who is a good reviewer?
  • How much time do reviewers take?
  • Can you resubmit a rejected paper?
  • What to do in case of conflicting reviews?
what issues do reviewers typically focus on
What issues do reviewers typically focus on?
  • What is the contribution? Is it significant enough? Has it been clearly stated?
  • Is the journal appropriate?
  • How is the paper written?
  • Are there mistakes? (”Should they be enlisted at 55?”)
  • Could it benefit from condensation? Expansion?
what issues do reviewers typically focus on1
What issues do reviewers typically focus on?
  • Have the methods been applied correctly?
  • Does the evidence support the conclusions? Have all important references been cited?
  • Is the title appropriate? Are the abstract and introduction good?
  • Has the author responded to all my previous comments?
scientific writing criteria
Scientific writing -- criteria
  • Think who is your reader – put yourself in her/his shoes (always target a larger audience)
  • Simplicity, Clarity – Hemingway style! Use illustrations, examples!
  • Correctness, Preciseness
  • Consistency, Objectivity
  • Convincingness
  • Are you able to keep the reader’s interest till the end of the paper?
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