We are creating a new review process and adding, changing and enhancing various editorial roles. Described below are categories of the various editorial roles. There are also three individual roles: Managing Editor, Chief Editor, and Senior Editor.
Managing Editor – oversees the entire process and manages the finance, operational and logistics processes of the IJMB
Chief Editor – responsible for the overall scholarly contribution, health of the Journal, editorial policy and positioning/promotion of the Journal. Will divide the oversight of Associate Editors with the Senior Editor.
Senior Editor – advise on strategy, direction and trends. Help recruit and oversee Associate Editors & PEAs.
Associate Editors – – a very small group of distinguished scholars who:
- Responsible for Recruiting and oversight of our Reviewers.
- Work on all aspects of the journal strategy, direction, editorial policy and implementation.
- Responsible for actual reviews, and review process for specific submissions.
- Provide the IJMB Chief Editor or Senior Editor, in writing, their brief but considered opinion and recommendation for each response letter proposed by a Reviewer.
- May, at times, serve as a Reviewer.
- Insure that this peer-review process is completed with ninety (90) days.
Consulting Editors – – a group of distinguished scholars who provide:
- Abstract translation or other specialized consultation services to IJMB.
- Timely response to IJMB Chief Editor regarding multi-national/cross-national relevance of the submissions thus abstracted
Editorial Board – – a larger group of distinguished scholars who:
- Sometimes serve as Reviewers when the most appropriate Ad hoc Reviewers are less suitable or are unavailable (anticipated to be infrequent).
- Insure that this fuller peer-review process is completed with ninety (90) days.
Postgraduate Editorial Assistants (PEAs) – – a small group of distinguished doctoral students who:
- Quickly make a first review of submissions eliminating those IJMB manuscript submissions they deem to be unready for the full peer-review process. This is mainly a review of methodology with a ‘ready/not ready’ recommendation.,
- PEAs will work in trios as assigned by the Chief Editor and will independently make the above mentioned ‘first-cut’ determination.
- all three PEAs will report to the Chief Editor or the Senior Editor who will make the final decision.
- The ‘first-cut’ outcome occurs within 3 weeks once a manuscript has been assigned to the PEAs.
We believe the above-described process can increase the likelihood that all IAMB members are at least reasonably served by the IJMB peer-review efforts, and in very timely fashion. The ninety (90) day target timeline will start after the initial review is completed by the PEAs.