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ISMTE Award for Excellence
The ISMTE Award for Excellence recognizes members who possess a track record of success of helping their publications excel though consistent excellent service and exemplary management of their role.
ISMTE Award for Achievement or Innovation
With the Award for Achievement or Innovation, ISMTE aims to recognize those members who have improved their publications through exploration and innovation, pushing the boundaries of their role and expanding the meaning of what it means to be a professional managing or technical editor.
ISMTE Jason Roberts Founder's Award
The Founder's Award is for those members who have reshaped our industry through an outstanding idea/contribution. Named after ISMTE's founding president, Jason Roberts, this award recognizes members who have made extraordinary steps toward defining the future of peer review management.
ISMTE Ira Salkin Scholarship
The Board has established an annual scholarship in Ira Salkin’s memory which will take effect in 2017. The objective of this scholarship is to uphold Ira’s goal of ensuring that editorial office professionals are educated and vigilant in matters of publishing ethics.
2018 Award Winners
Award for Excellence
In a short time, Meghan has managed to cut waste, cut costs, audit office procedures for out-of-date practices, and streamline processes. She has taken huge leaps by transitioning a predominately paper-based editorial office into the electronic age, all while collaborating with Editors used to the existing process, in desperate need of a push into the 21st century.. At the same time, she facilitated a physical move for the entire editorial office. Doing away with walls of filing cabinets and reams of paper, she’s created a modern, streamlined, and efficiently run office.
“The ISMTE is a vital part of my professional life, providing unique volunteer and leadership positions, practical resources for my day-to-day work, and an abundance of networking opportunities (local, international, and virtual!). The ISMTE members, including the friends and colleagues I have met over the years, are a big part of what makes ISMTE special. I am greatly honored to receive this year's Award for Excellence and to be recognized by my peers in this truly wonderful community. When I talk with an ISMTE member, I know I'm with someone who "gets it." It has been and continues to be a privilege to do work on behalf of the ISMTE and I am grateful for this recognition.”
Award for Achievement or Innovation
Sherryl Sundell has been working as Managing Editor at the International Journal of Cancer (IJC) for 16 years. She has always been a stimulating presence at the journal, either for the editorial staff or the associate editors, and has been particularly committed in establishing and following “best practices for publication”. As example, below is described her essential role in the implementation of two important innovating procedures at IJC.
“What an honor to receive this year’s award for achievement or innovation! Thank you very much.
Jason Roberts Founders Award
Richard thinks 5-10 years ahead of the market. I don’t know how but he truly does. I was lucky to work for him for 4 years, and his insight into what publishers and editors, and increasingly funders would need from peer review workflow was nothing short of psychic or sage. His ability to convert these insights into features Aries could release within Editorial Manager is also laudable. It’s no small task to get ideas through the management team and CEO but if it is important to peer review workflow, and has Richard as a champion, EM users will benefit. In addition, he’s been a supporter and mentor to so many in the industry- including me. His collaborative work style and willingness to bring colleagues along is all to his, and Aries’ credit.
“When we first released Editorial Manager more than 15 years ago scholarly publishers thought of editorial offices as sleepy backwaters, irrelevant to their value proposition. Investments were focused on hosting platforms and innovations in dissemination. How much has changed! New business models have since undermined the perceived value of journals’ dissemination function and publishers have belatedly identified peer review and the editorial office function as critical to maintaining relevance and competitive advantage. While systems like Editorial Manager provide the underlying “plumbing”, it is rewarding to see that journal office staff are now more dynamic, professional and innovative. ISMTE was early to spot this trend and contribute the growing professionalism and dynamism in the journal office.
Ira Salkin Scholarship
Sibabalwe Oscar Masinyana
2018 Editage / ISMTE North American Conference Travel Grant
2015 Award Winners