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Managing Mental Health for Editors
by Caitlyn E.M. Trautwein
October 2020

Caitlyn Trautwein provides useful tips for managing stress, both in general and specifically during the COVID-19 pandemic.

by Alexander M. Vaeth, American Gastroenterological Association
September 2020

Alexander Vaeth provides a detailed look at what “media literacy” means and why it’s important for editorial office professionals to be media literate

by Brook A. Simpson and Thoba Petrovic, American Gastroenterological Association
August 2020

Brook Simpson and Thoba Petrovic provide some tips for running larger conference calls via Zoom, such as a journal's annual board of editors meeting.

Turning on My Camera: The Virtual Conference
by Jennifer Mahar, Origin Editorial
July 2020

Jennifer Mahar shares a few observations about hosting virtual conferences.

Working (and Staying Sane) at Home During the Pandemic
by Dawn Angel, AAAAI
June 2020

Dawn Angel provides some tips for working from home during the pandemic, maintaining our sanity, and actually getting work done.

Political Advocacy for Beginners (and Introverts)
by Alethea Gerding, Managing Editor, ASCPT
May 2020

Alethea Gerding provides an introduction to getting involved in political advocacy. 

Working Remotely: A Perk or a Punishment?
by Dawn Angel, AAAAI
April 2020

Dawn Angel provides some helpful tips and tricks for maintaining your productivity (and your sanity) when working remotely.

Unintended Consequences
by Glenn Collins, Origin Editorial
March 2020

Glenn Collins takes a critical look at open access mandates and what they could mean for journals, societies and publishers.

Plan S and Society Publishers: What to Know Now
by Maggie Haworth, Director, Publishing Operations, Endocrine Society
February 2020

Maggie Haworth discusses Plan S from the perspective of a society publisher.

ISMTE 2020 and Beyond
by Julie Nash, ISMTE President; and Erin Landis, ISMTE President-Elect
December 2019/January 2020

Julie Nash and Erin Landis provide some insight into ISMTE’s new strategic plan.

From Society Publishing to Partner Publishing
by Bonnie Ponce, Managing Editor, Journals, Mathematical Association of America
November 2019

Bonnie Ponce describes her experiences making the change from a self-publishing society to partner publishing with a corporate publishing company.

2019 ISMTE Award Winners and Interviews

October 2019

The winners of the 2019 ISMTE Award for Achievement or Innovation, Early Career Award, Ira Salkin Scholarship, and the Poster Awards.

Editorial and Production: Two Sides of the Same Coin

by Michael Casp, Production Services Coordinator, Director of Business Development, J&J Editorial
September 2019

Editorial and Production offices may have different priorities, but through good communication and respect they can work together seamlessly.

Publication Ethics and the Editorial Office: Creating Policies and Practices to Facilitate Handling Publication Ethics Matters

by Christy Collins, PhD, Open Access Portfolio Manager, Humanities & Social Sciences, Routledge/Taylor & Francis
August 2019

In her winning essay for the 2019 ISMTE Ira Salkin Scholarship, Christy Collins discusses practical steps for creating proactive ethics policies.

ISMTE Past President Reflections

by Glenn Collin
July 2019

ISMTE past president, Glenn Collins, looks back on his experiences serving as ISMTE’s president from 2012–2013.

Keeping Your Editorial Office Ethically Sound

by Franca Bianchini, Managing Editor, International Journal of Cancer; Phaedra Cress, Executive Editor, Aesthetic Surgery Journal; and Deborah Bowman, MFA, ELS, Senior Managing Editor of Clinical Publications, American Society for Gastrointestinal Endoscopy

June 2019

Members of the ISMTE Ethics Committee highlight some key considerations when managing ethical issues.

Sci-Hub: More Trouble Than It's Worth?

by Phill Jones, PhD Research and Technology Consultant
May 2019

Phill Jones discusses a debate on the relative good and harm done by the most talked about disruption in our industry.

Plan S and the Impact on Journal Editors

by Pippa Smart, Publishing Consultant and President, EASE
May 2019

Pippa Smart provides a primer on what you need to know about Plan S.

Hiding in Plain Sight: The Sinister Threat of Predatory Publishing Practices

by Simon Linacre, Director of International Marketing and Development, Cabells
April 2019

Simone Linacre discusses the scale and global impact of predatory publishers.

Charting the Dimensions of Preprint Policies

by Samantha Hindle, PhD, Content Lead, bioRxiv, Co-Founder, PREreview; Naomi Penfold, PhD, Associate Director, ASAPbio; and Jessica Polka, PhD, Executive Director, ASAPbio

March 2019

The authors outline the motivation behind TRANSPOSE, a grassroots initiative to create a database of journal policies on peer review and preprinting.

Working with Figures

by Monica Leigh, Senior Managing Editor, KWF Editorial

 March 2019

A refresher on figure handling, focusing on tips for getting high-quality images for your publication.

Is Your Team Psychologically Safe?

By Erin C. Landis, Vice President of Publications, American Gastroenterological Association

February 2019

Erin Landis discusses the concept of—and science behind—psychological safety in the workplace, as well as concrete steps you can take to provide a safe environment for your team. 

Open Access in Its Next Phase: From Single Products to Marketplaces
By Sven Fund, Managing Director, Knowledge Unlatched and fullstopp

December 2018
Open access is well into its second decade and still developing at a fast pace. Sven Fund highlights some new developments.

Swimming Against the Tide: The Ethical Way Forward of Dealing with Predatory Journals

By Sibabalwe Oscar Masinyana, Managing Editor, Taylor & Francis Africa
September 2018

The 2018 Ira Salkin Scholarship winner illuminates the ethical way forward when it comes to dealing with questionable open access journals.

Subscriptions Are More Equitable, Responsible, and Valuable

By Kent R. Anderson, CEO, RedLink
August 2018

Kent Anderson makes a case for the subscription model in a fragmented information ecosystem.

Working Remotely: Is Anyone Out There?
By Deborah Bowman, MFA, ELS
June 2018

Five Ways to Support the Workplace Equity Project: A Community-wide Call to Participation
By Alison McGonagle-O’Connell
May 2018

Alison O'Connell explains how readers can support the Workplace Equity Initiative.

Privilege, Bias, and Graduate School Admissions
By Grace E. Mosley, MD/PhD candidate
May 2018

Grace Mosley describes how implicit bias and privilege heavily influence both who applies to graduate school, and who gets accepted.

#TheTweetingBird: The Rise and Impact of Social Media in Ornithology
By Steve Dudley
March 2018

The Chief Operations Officer at the British Ornithologists’ Union looks at how a learned society promotes the use of social media within its own sector, how social media contributes to the Altmetric Attention Score (AAS) of their research articles, which platforms are significant contributors, and how the AAS is linked to increased citations within ornithology.

What Does a Managing Editor Do All Day? An Analysis of Emails Received in an Editorial Office
By Alethea Gerding
February 2018

The second-place winner of the ISMTE North American poster competition describes her analysis of a managing editor’s inbox.

Predatory Journals: Know Thy Enemy—What Editorial Offices Can Do to Educate Their Stakeholders

By Jason Roberts
December 2017 / January 2018

The Centre for Journalology in Ottawa has performed a very large, systematic study of the predatory journal phenomenon. Jason Roberts summarizes the results from one of the two papers that represent the culmination of several years of work.

Cleaning Up “Sloppy Science”
by Franca Bianchini and Sherryl Sundell
December 2017 / January 2018 - Issue 11


Franca Bianchini and Sherryl Sundell share their experiences with checking image integrity at their journal.


When a Cupcake Isn’t Just a Cupcake: Identifying Qualitative and Quantitative Indicators in Scholarly Publishing

By Phaedra Cress, Phill Jones, and Mark Johnston
November 2017 - Volume 10 - Issue 10

Project Cupcake is a new initiative that will provide frameworks for robust qualitative and quantitative journal-level indicators that illustrate how well publishers serve authors and the scientific community.

The Dark Side of Peer Review
by Jonathan P. Tennant, PhD
September 2017 - Volume 10 - Issue 8

Does transparency help or harm the peer review process? Jonathan Tennant of ScienceOpen weighs in.

Council of Asian Science Editors’ Role in Helping Asian Editors Promote Their Journals to International Standards

by Sun Huh
August 2017 - Volume 10 - Issue 7


Article production in Asian countries has paralleled the rapid Asian economic development. However, many journals from Asian countries find it challenging to maintain international publishing standards. Sun Huh describes how the Council of Asian Science Editors is helping.


Reading Their Reactions: Where the Scientific Community Stands on Changing Policies
by Meaghan Kelly
May 2017 - Volume 10 - Issue 4

What really brings scientists together? Is the March for Science enough to change the minds of lawmakers? Meaghan Kelly explores the effect of the current political climate on science and scholarly publishing.

Getting Social: The Dos and Don’ts of Establishing Your Company’s Social Media Presence
by Anne Brenner
April 2017 - Volume 10 - Issue 3

Today, social media usage isn’t really a choice. It’s a must. Anne Brenner explains how to establish and maintain your journal’s presence.

The Scourge of Illegitimate Journals: Becoming Better Informed in a Post-Beall Era

by Jason Roberts, PhD
March 2017 - Volume 10 - Issue 2


Beall’s List is gone. Jason Roberts explores what this means, and what should come next.


Open Data: Repositories and Policies
by Meredith Morovati
December 2016 / January 2017 Volume 9 - Issue 11


Alongside the Open Access movement is a move toward open data. Meredith Morovati writes about Dryad, an open data repository, and how journals might create policies surrounding data access and sharing.


Dopey Dupe Retractions: How Publisher Error Hurts Researchers
by Adam Etkin and Ivan Oransky, MD
December 2016 / January 2017 Volume 9 - Issue 11

Adam Etkin and Ivan Oransky explore retractions made due to publisher error and call for a better way to distinguish them.

Cell Line Contamination and the Managing Editor
by Carolyn Sperry
November 2016 - Volume 5 - Issue 10

Carolyn Sperry interviews Amanda Capes-Davis, chair of the International Cell Line Authentication Committee (ICLAC), about contaminated cell lines and what Managing Editors can do to make sure their authors are not submitting research based on corrupted cell lines. Amanda explains that awareness is key and provides several resources for cell line information. Increasingly, journals are adding cell line requirements to their author guidelines and this should be considered best practice.

Producers and Consumers of Peer Review: a Possible Publisher Metric
by Cath Cotton
October 2016 - Volume 5, Issue 9

Did you participate in Peer Review Week 2016? This second annual event featured webinars, social media activity, and provided many resources on peer review, mostly focusing on the topic of reviewer recognition. In her article, Cath Cotton expands on this year’s events and discusses the importance of making peer review count.

Incentivizing Transparency
by David Mellor
September 2016 - Volume 5, Issue 8

Dr. David Mellor of The Center for Open Science discusses the key steps to increasing reproducibility and transparency in scientific publishing. Journal editors are a critical component of this complex undertaking, as the entire academic ecosystem must begin to reward better practices.

Statistical Analyses and Methods in the Published Literature: The SAMPL Guidelines
by Tom Lang and Doug Altman
August 2016 - Volume 5, Issue 7

Tom Lang and Doug Altman, developed a set of guidelines for reporting statistical methods. The SAMPL guidelines can be added to Author Instructions and serve as a reference for authors and editors alike.

Lies, Damned Lies, and Statistics

by Ira Salkin

July 2016 - Volume 5, Issue 6 

In this article, Ira Salkin discusses various examples of how researchers are able to manipulate collected data in order to support the significance of their results.

Establishing Your Journal’s Online Presence

by Danielle Padula
June 2016 - Volume 9, Issue 5 

Access to articles online is a must-have for today's journals. Check out these tips for establishing your journal's online presence.

Development of an Online Tool to Help Authors Provide Full Ethics Statements to Support Their Journal Submissions

by Alice Ellingham, Tracy Ronan, Rosie Walker, and Andrew Walker
May 2016 - Volume 9, Issue 4 

Sometimes we find ways to pull order from chaos. EthicsGen is a new online tool that helps authors develop complete ethics statements for journal submissions. This helps authors standardize their disclosures and simplifies the process.

Journal Club Podcast: From Idea to Reality in Just a Few (Busy) Months

by Alicia Byrne
May 2016 - Volume 9, Issue 4 


As Alicia Byrne writes, there can be a lot of trial and error when trying something new. She details her experience with launching a journal club podcast, touching on logistics, timelines, and lessons learned.


Cultivating ORCID

by Stuart Taylor

April 2016 - Volume 9, Issue 3



Many online editorial systems include an option for authors to register for and/or supply an ORCID iD. However, some publishers, such as the Royal Society in the United Kingdom, are now requiring submitting authors to provide their ORCID iDs. Read Stuart Taylor’s article to learn more about why they are encouraging widespread ORCID adoption and how this unique identifier is being integrated into more and more research systems.


Open Access: The Basics, the Benefits, and the Future

by Seth James
March 2016 - Volume 9, Issue 2

Seth James discusses the differences in operation between hybrid and full OA journals, and explains the process for so-called “cascade” journal models. He also reviews the benefits of publishing under a Creative Commons license.

Developing Communications: Customising and Automating Submission System Templates

by Duncan Nicholas
February 2016 - Volume 9, Issue 1

In an effort to provide proactive service, Duncan Nicholas writes about setting up customized and automated template letters that can be triggered to send emails after certain tasks are completed. Automating these emails reduces time spent manually checking the system while proactively informing authors or reviewers about the status of their manuscript.

STM Publishing in China
by Yan Shuai
December 2015 / January 2016 - Volume 8, Issue 12


In this article, Yan Shaui, Director of Journal Publishing at Tsinghua University Press, discusses the evolving STM publishing environment in China. 

How Do You Figure?

by Ashley Smith, PhD
November 2015 - Volume 8, Issue 11


In “How Do You Figure?” Ashley Smith discusses the common areas of author confusion regarding figure guidelines and offers suggestions on how to simplify and clarify journal guidelines.

The Best of Both Worlds
by Jennifer Deyton
October 2015 - Volume 8, Issue 10


Jennifer Deyton writes about the changes and growth J&J Editorial has experienced over the past several years and describes the challenges and benefits of finding a balance between working and managing remotely and being able to collaborate in a shared brick-and-mortar office space.


Giving Editors Community: Lessons from Creating an Online Editor Portal

by Paige Wooden
September 2015 - Volume 8, Issue 9

For many of us, a key element of our day-to-day work involves responding to and answering questions from our editors, authors, and reviewers. It can be repetitive and sometimes confusing to constantly send out information and track responses. The Publications Department at the American Geophysical Union came up with and implemented a solution—the AGU’s Editor Portal—as a way to increase communication among editors and to serve as a hub for journal-related information.

The Impact Factor: For Better or For Worse
by Deborah E. Bowman, MFA, ELS; Prof MVDr. Eva Baranyiova, CSc; Kristen Overstreet, BA; and
Sherryl Sundell, BA
August 2015 - Volume 8, Issue 8

Written by a group of ISMTE and EASE leaders, this article provides a history of the Impact Factor, explains how IF’s are awarded, and details ways in which your journal’s IF can be improved. This original article on the Impact Factor serves as an excellent resource for all Editorial Office staff.

Should Editors Be Writers Too?

by Rosemary Shipton

July 2015 - Volume 8, Issue 7



One of the missions of the ISMTE is to enhance the professional roles of those who manage peer review and Editorial Offices for academic and scholarly journals. As we all know, the definition of our roles and the responsibilities we take on are quite varied from journal to journal. Rosemary Shipton explores this topic and asks the question—Should editors be able to write too?


by Liz Bury
June 2015 - Volume 8, Issue 6

In this month’s Editor’s Choice, “Nip and Tuck: Redesigning a Medical Journal’s Blog,” Liz Bury shares her experience with redesigning her journal’s blog. Updates included choosing a new theme, changing the blog’s name, and updating the blog’s logo.
by Elizabeth R. Lorbeer
June 2015 - Volume 8, Issue 6

Libraries have historically been the place to go (and the librarian the go-to person) for researching and discovering content. But how is the library’s role changing now that everyone from my grandma to my eight-year-old cousin has an iPad at his/her fingertips? In her article, “The Many Paths to Content Discovery: A Librarian's Perspective,” Elizabeth Lorbeer, Library Director at Western Michigan University, discusses how librarians have embraced alternative discovery services, such as third-party apps, and details the challenges they face distributing content to new types of users.
by Charles Watkinson
May 2015 - Volume 8, Issue 5


Charles Watkinson, Associate University Librarian for Publishing at the University of Michigan, discusses the changing role of academic librarians as partners in the research process.

by Luk Cox, PhD
April 2015 - Volume 8, Issue 4

Have you heard about one of the newest initiatives in scientific publishing—graphical abstracts? Luk Cox discusses how graphical abstracts provide added value to an authors’ research in his article “Are Graphical Abstracts Changing the Way We Publish?”

by Chloe Tuck
March 2015 - Volume 8, Issue 3

For many researchers, rejection is part of the game in scholarly publishing. Chloe Tuck from Technica Editorial explores the appeals process and provides recommendations on effective rebuttal letters and what to avoid when handling an appeal.

by Deborah E. Bowman
February 2015 - Volume 8, Issue 2


Have you thought of pursuing a certificate in editing? Deborah Bowman shares how she applied for, completed, and passed the BELS exam and provides some reasons you might consider doing the same.

by Richard Wynne and Alison O'Connell
January 2015 - Volume 8, Issue 1

Richard Wynne and Alison O’Connell from Aries Systems discuss emerging data standards in scholarly publishing, such as single sign-on, manuscript transfer services, and Open Access payment processing, and how they are being used to solve inefficiencies in data transfer.


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Working with your Production Vendor
November 2014 - Volume 7, Issue 10
by Nancy Devaux

Nancy Devaux provides some suggestions and helpful hints for working with your production vendor.Communicating is key to a successful relationship and a smooth production process.

A Hot Mess: Adventures in Transitioning an Editor-in-Chief   
October 2014 - Volume 7, Issue 9 
by Elizabeth Brenner

At one point or another, we all will most likely undergo an Editor-in-Chief transition. Elizabeth Brenner, Assistant Managing Editor at Wiley, shares what she learned from her experience in transitioning an Editor-in-Chief.

Should Innovative Ideas in Scholarly Publishing Be Driven by Academics Themselves? October 2014 - Volume 7, Issue 9 
by Phill Jones

Phill Jones of Digital Science discusses the challenges the STM publishing community faces when predicting researchers’ needs.

New Developments in Publication Ethics in China 

September 2014 - Volume 7, Issue 8 
by Charley Miao

The September Editor’s Choice article comes from Charley Miao, General Manager of CNKI S&T Translation and Publishing Press. Charley discusses publication ethics in China including the development of publishing standards and solutions to manage publication misconduct.

ORCID Identifiers: Which Joe/Jo/João Do I Seek?

September 2014 - Volume 7, Issue 8
by Laura D. Paglione

Name ambiguity in the research community is a continuing challenge for researchers, organizations, associations, and publishers alike. ORCID ( has established a registry of unique identifiers for researchers and scholars and is working to embed these identifiers in workflows, including manuscript submission systems and grant applications. 

Why and how to Implement ORCID in a University

September 2014 - Volume 7, Issue 8
by Neil Jacobs and Verena Weigert 

Neil Jacobs and Verena Weigert from Jisc discuss a UK pilot program to integrate ORCID iDs into the university setting. The intention of the program is to test how ORCID iDs might work in local systems and workflows and to see if ORCID membership should be further promoted in the UK on a national scale.

We Are Blogging—Now What?  
August 2014 - Volume 7, Issue 7
by Kris Novak and Brook Simpson

Dr.Kristine Novak and Brook Simpson discuss the updates they made to the AGA Journals Blog, which included a site redesign and increasing the number of posts published each week.

February 2014 - Volume 7, Issue 1
Altmetrics have become a buzzword in scholarly publishing in the last year. But just what is all the fuss about?

December 2013/January 2014 - Volume 6, Issue 11
It's no secret - China's publishing and research industry has been rapidly growing over the past few years. Its standards have been challenged and raised, and international markets have been opened to Chinese publications. As a publisher, it may seem clearer than ever that there are many reasons why you should have an interest in the dynamic market in China.

August 2013 - Volume 6, Issue 7
The ISMTE Poster Committee was pleased to accept 15 poster proposals for the 2013 North American and European conferences. Eleven authors submitted their posters by the July 1 deadline for presentation at the meetings. You will find the abstracts for these 11 posters below. The abstracts are presented in the order they were received.

May 2013 - Volume 6, Issue 4
COPE (the Committee on Publication Ethics) provides advice to editors and publishers on all aspects of publication ethics. To help fulfill that remit, it produces a number of guidelines that are freely available on its website http:// On 22 March 2013, COPE published its most recent set, Ethical Guidelines for Peer Reviewers, launching them at the annual European Seminar in London.

February 2013 - Volume 6, Issue 1
I have been associated with ISMTE since before it launched, and was honored to be invited to present to the recent ISMTE conference at Washington, DC, in my capacity as the co-Founder and Publisher of PeerJ (a recently launched startup company in the Open Access space). As a result of this presentation, I was asked to expand a little on both PeerJ and my thoughts on the future of Open Access for EON.

July 2008 - Volume 1, Issue 5

As staff of scientific and technical journals, our goal is to publish the most accurate, precise, and original information for our readers. Growing technical advances in electronic communication and digital imaging software make this goal increasingly challenging to meet. Programs such as Adobe Photoshop make it easy to perform any of a wide variety of alterations to an image such as add, delete, color, copy, stamp, paste, or clone. Whether unintentional or deliberate, authors may be tempted to use imaging software to ‘touch-up' figures to make them look more attractive, cleaner, simpler, or to better reflect the desired result of an experiment. These actions pose a problem to editors dealing with raw scientific and technical data. Alterations made to images can be considered inappropriate manipulation of the original data and may be classified as research misconduct, especially if it falsifies the results of an experiment or study. Below are some general guidelines and tools editorial staff can use to help prevent image manipulation and ensure the accuracy and honesty of the data they publish.

July 2011 - Volume 4, Issue 6
An interesting brief article concerning sources of potential conflicts of interest (COI) appeared relatively recently in Ethical Editing, the newsletter of the Committee on Publication Ethics (COPE)1. To set the stage, the editorial first presents the following succinct definition of COI, which appeared in 2009 in a report issued by the Institute of Medicine2.

May 2011 - Volume 4, Issue 4
Office life is changing. Due to rising gas prices, Web-based workflows, authors/editors/reviewers in many time zones, and 'magical' software like Timbuktu®, Citrix, and InSites that is accessible anywhere, telecommuting one day a week (or more) is perfectly possible and productive. I do it too, and I enjoy my weekly (or more if there's an emergency) telecommuting day. But before we tell our employers we don't need the office, let's consider the joys and benefits of working in one.

August 2010 - Volume 3, Issue 7
In this first of two articles Jason Roberts examines the problem of poor reporting in biomedical journals, how it undermines otherwise good research, and what solutions are emerging to tackle this problem. The article concludes by addressing why editorial offices need to be a part of the solution. In next month's issue of EON, a second article will examine how editorial offices can institute reporting guidelines to encourage authors to raise standards.

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