Making the most of editorial boards

Editorial board members are the eyes and ears of the journal and we have seen many examples where editors have developed excellent working relations with their boards.  This can bring many benefits so, beyond recommending the journal to their library (if it does not already subscribe), here are some of the ways in which board members can be most effective:

Strategic Support

  • Participate in editorial board meetings to assist the editor with journal development and planning.
  • Communicate your ideas about the journal to the editor on an ongoing basis.
  • Identify and recruit other editorial board members or reviewers for the journal.
  • Inform the editor of late-breaking research, events, or potential papers for recruitment.
  • Recruit manuscript submissions at conferences, poster displays, or research thesis presentations in which you are involved.
  • Cite journal articles in research papers and review articles when relevant.
  • Identify local, regional, and national conferences that might be good opportunities for promoting the journal or recruiting papers and notify the publisher about them.

Recruitment

  • Inform the editor of late-breaking research, events, or potential papers for recruitment.
  • Recruit manuscript submissions at conferences, poster displays, or research thesis presentations in which you are involved.

Promotion

  • Cite journal articles in research papers and review articles when relevant.
  • Identify local, regional, and national conferences that might be good opportunities for promoting the journal or recruiting papers and notify the publisher about them.

Manuscript Development

  • Help contributors bring their concept to a final article. This may include consultation, assistance with writing or accessing resources, and/or general editorial supervision.
  • Review manuscripts for the journal, providing thorough and constructive feedback.

We would love to hear from you if you have found other ways to engage with your boards.

     
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