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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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