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ISMTE Past President Reflections
Publication date: 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
Publication date: June 2019
Members of the ISMTE Ethics Committee highlight some key considerations when managing ethical issues.
by Phill Jones, PhD Research and Technology Consultant
Publication date: 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
Publication date: 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
Publication date: April 2019
Simone Linacre discusses the scale and global impact of predatory publishers.
Charting the Dimensions of Preprint Policies
Publication date: 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
Publication date: March 2019
A refresher on figure handling, focusing on tips for getting high-quality images for your publication.
By Erin C. Landis, Vice President of Publications, American Gastroenterological Association
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.
By Sven Fund, Managing Director, Knowledge Unlatched and fullstopp
Open access is well into its second decade and still developing at a fast pace. Sven Fund highlights some new developments.
By Sibabalwe Oscar Masinyana, Managing Editor, Taylor & Francis Africa
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
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
Five Ways to Support the Workplace Equity Project: A Community-wide Call to Participation
By Alison McGonagle-O’Connell
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
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
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
The second-place winner of the ISMTE North American poster competition describes her analysis of a managing editor’s inbox.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
by Alice Ellingham, Tracy Ronan, Rosie Walker, and Andrew Walker
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.
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.
by Stuart Taylor
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.
by Seth James
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.
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.
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.
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?
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?
Nip and Tuck: Redesigning a Medical Journal’s Blog for Solutions
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.
The Many Paths to Content Discovery: A Librarian’s Perspective
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.
“Help Wanted!” as Library Publishers Search for Solutions
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?”
So You’ve Been Rejected, Now What? On Appeals in Peer-Reviewed Publications
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.
For Whom the BELS Tolls
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.
Standards and the Scholarly Publishing Ecosystem
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.