Journal management

The management of a journal at AME Publishing Company is a collaborative endeavor between the Editor(s)-in-Chief, Editorial Board, and editorial staff.

Responsibility of different roles

To ensure efficiency and productivity, each Editorial Team member has a specifically designated role and tasks that are aligned with their personal expertise. The responsibilities of each role are detailed as follows:

The Editor(s)-in-Chief (EiC) are responsible for all final decision-making related to the journal topics, contents, editing, website appearance, advertising, relationship building, and future direction. Their general responsibilities include:

  • Collaboration with Associate Editors, deciding future issue topics, content, and contributors;
  • Managing the day-to-day operations of the Journal, especially the peer-review process, with support from a Science Editor;
  • Ensuring that the content of contributions meets the appropriate ethical proprieties and high international standards of ethical practice in respect to research involving human or animal subjects;
  • Resolving problems that arise from time to time, such as plagiarism and ensuring the work is original and has not been published before elsewhere;
  • Commissioning content from experts on topical themes, and facilitating efficient peer review of submitted material to generate a flow of content pivotal to the punctual delivery of the journal;
  • Assigning responsibilities to all team members and ensuring that they are completed on time;
  • Editing the content to enhance its quality and approving or rejecting articles based on preset grounds;
  • Relationship building and communication with editorial members and authors;
  • Delegating specific responsibilities to other members of the Editorial Board;
  • Maintaining regular communication with the Editorial Board to keep them dynamic;
  • Nominating Editorial Board candidates to the Publications Committee;
  • Generating ideas to promote the journal and increase citations of articles, including by using new technologies, implementing ways to increase readership worldwide, and utilizing new media formats, such as apps, eBooks and multimedia videos.

 

Associate Editors are highly recognized individuals in their field of expertise. The diversity of this group reflects the journal’s global context and reach, and promotes wider collaboration between research institutions. They are responsible for the following tasks:

  • Assisting the EiCs to decide future issue topics, contents, and contributors;
  • Commissioning content from experts on topical themes, and facilitating efficient peer review of submitted material to generate a flow of content pivotal to the punctual delivery of the journal;
  • Nominating Editorial Board candidates to the Publications Committee;
  • Generating ideas to promote the journal’s recognition and increase citations of articles, including by using new technologies, implementing ways to increase readership worldwide, and utilizing new media formats, such as apps, eBooks and multimedia videos.

 

Editorial Board Members are an internationally diverse group of recognized clinicians or surgeons with a strong interest in academic publishing. As well as recommending knowledgeable external reviewers, they are responsible for:

  • Identifying new topics for commission or focused issues and advising on the direction of the journal. This can include feeding back on past issues and making suggestions for subject matter and potential authors or guest editors.
  • Providing constructive suggestions to authors regarding article content, structure, clinical relevance, and areas for improvement;
  • Peer reviewing articles;
  • Advising the Associate Editors and/or Editors-in-Chief on whether a submitted article should be accepted or rejected based on the objective peer-review process;
  • Providing content by writing occasional editorials and other short articles.

 

The Science Editor’s duties includes:

  • Conducting initial manuscript checks and reviews to assess whether the submission criteria has been fulfilled;
  • Examining manuscripts for errors with grammar, spelling, and terminology;
  • Examining manuscripts for stylistic issues;
  • Providing advice on figures and plots to be published in the journal;
  • Assisting with the design of optimal journal covers for each issue;
  • Supporting the Editorial staff with the editing and proofing of manuscripts and preparing the manuscripts for publication;
  • Providing assistance and identifying and resolving issues regarding the electronic format of the journal;
  • Carrying out the initial screening of unsolicited materials submitted to the journal, and liaising on such matters with other Editors;
  • Helping to identify potential guest editors and reaching out to them.

 

The Statistics Editor’s role is to assess whether a manuscript is of an acceptable statistical standard for publication in the journal. This includes:

  • Ensuring that the objectives of the study are clear and the study design is appropriate to meet the objectives;
  • Confirming the patients are clearly described, and where relevant, that a power calculation has been undertaken;
  • Checking that the statistical methods are clearly described and appropriate statistical analysis methods have been used;
  • Ensuring the satisfactory presentation of statistical results;
  • Making sure meta-analyses have been appropriately conducted.

 

The Production Editor's duties include:

  • Overseeing the entire production process and content of publications;
  • Communicating with authors and editors to ensure the publication meets quality standards and deadlines;
  • Editing content for websites and advertisements;
  • Ensuring that the journal’s style guide is followed and updated, and that all URLs and statements claimed by the articles are correct;
  • Maintaining a calendar and making the team aware of upcoming deadlines (e.g., holidays and events);
  • Ensuring the journals are delivered on time both online and in print and are finished to the highest quality.

 

The Copy Editor's duties include:

  • Ensuring that the textual content is written in a scientific and understandable manner, is free from any spelling or grammatical errors, and conforms to publication styles and guidelines. This includes scrutiny of usage of certain words, phrases, or typographical elements, and ensuring consistency in the textual and illustrative content;
  • Making the manuscript clear and concise, with relevant suggestions passed to the Associate Editors and/or Editors-in-Chief;
  • Fact-checking and raising queries with the authors;
  • Looking out for potential issues which may arise in relation to plagiarism and inconsistent results;
  • Checking tables, illustrations, legends, and captions are correct;
  • Producing material for publication.

 

 

Updated on Feb. 22, 2020