Main Tasks of Editors and EB members
- General advocacy for publishing high-quality work in JMIR Publications and acquiring authors
- Strategic and operational advice (unsolicited, as well as in editorial board meetings)
- Guiding papers as section editor in the editorial board member’s area of expertise through the peer-review process and communicating with authors (optional, i.e., not all EB members or guest editors may have a hands-on role. EB members decide themselves how many papers they want to take on)
Editorial Board Members versus section editors
While pre-2018, all EB members also had section editor privileges, we are in the process of distinguishing better EB members who act in an advisory role (Editorial Board member only, to attend EB teleconferences 1-2 times annually) from EB members who actually take on manuscripts (EB members with Section Editor privileges).
In the application form there is now a radio button where applicants can distinguish between these roles.
Role of the Editor-in-Chief
The Editor-in-Chief is appointed by the publisher / executive editor and assumes the tasks of other EB members, and in addition
- Serves as a figurehead of the journal
- Adjudicates and advises if there are any issues with a specific manuscript, author, or EB member
- Sets and continuously iterates/refines - in collaboration with the EB - journal-specific policies, such as the scope, article types
- Takes on manuscripts and assigns them to other EB members or takes them on himself/herself as section editor
- helps in building and further expanding the EB by approaching suitable EB members
- chairs EB meetings (phone conferences).
- approaches high-caliber authors inviting them to publish in the journal
- Serves as advocate for the journal, e.g. on conferences and in social media
For most journals published by JMIR Publications, we are continuously accepting applications from senior scientists to join the editorial board and/or to act as section editors and/or Editor-in-Chief applications. Generally, for most journals you should hold a PhD, MD or engineering degree, or similar higher degree and have a publication track record (h-index8).
While there are always exceptions (in particular for new journals, where the editor-in-chief recruits inaugural EB members), the usual route is to first become an author (How to become an author at JMIR) and a peer-reviewer for JMIR journals (How can I become a peer-reviewer and what are the qualifications required?).
Ideally you should have academic editing experience or guest edited journal issues.
If you don't fulfill these requirements (yet), you can still apply to guest edit a theme issue - usually this is a great first step to gain experience as editor (see How to guest edit a theme issue).
We remunerate our section editors by "karma credits" (worth up to $70-$100 per paper guided through peer-review), as well as additional cash honoraria for acquisition editors when they compile a theme issue (with recruiting authors for it).
In addition, our editors-in-chief (EiC) may be paid honoraria.
Application as EB member or EiC
- Read our EB policy by following the "Editorial Board Policy" link in the footer of each JMIR journal (example: EB Policy for J Med Internet Res)
- then apply as EB member for any journal using this application form if you meet the requirements above.
You can be an ad-hoc section editor of multiple journals, but primary EB member of only one journal. Chances for acceptance are higher if you apply for a journal which has currently a small EB or a new journal with no EB yet.
To apply as guest editor for a theme issue, see How to propose a theme issue.
- Karma Credits - What are they and how to collect them?
- I love JMIR journals - how can I become involved?
- How to guest edit a theme issue
General Resources for editors / EB members