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Main Tasks of Editors and EB members
- General advocacy for publishing high-quality work in JMIR Publications journals 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 better distinguishing EB members who only act in an advisory role (Editorial Board member only, to attend EB teleconferences 1-2 times annually) from EB members who actually handle manuscripts, also called Section Editors or Associate Editors.
In the application form there is now a radio button where applicants can distinguish between these roles.
Role of the Editor-in-Chief
Editors-in-Chief of JMIR journals are appointed by the Publisher/Executive Editor and assume the same responsibilities as EB members. In addition, the Editor-in-Chief:
- 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, sections, 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 an advocate for the journal, e.g., during conferences and on social media
For most journals published by JMIR Publications, we are continuously accepting applications from senior researchers to join the Editorial Board and/or to assume the role of Section Editor and/or Editor-in-Chief. Generally, for most journals, you should hold a PhD, MD, or engineering degree, or equivalent and have a publication track record (h-index) in your field.
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 experience guest-editing journal issues.
If you don't fulfill these requirements (yet), you can still apply to guest edit a theme issue. This is a great first step to gain experience as editor (see How to guest edit a theme issue). You are welcome to apply if are at an earlier stage in your career. Select journals may reserve developmental positions on the editorial board for Editorial Fellows with the opportunity to become a full Editorial Board member in the future.
Remuneration agreements are established with all editorial board members during initial onboarding. Editors-in-chief (EiC) may be paid honoraria. The work as section/associate editor or consulting editorial board member is honorary.
|Important: In preparation for an anticipated shift to new platforms, the Karma credit program has been put on hold - accruals end on Jul 31, 2022, and redemptions must be made before Oct 31, 2022. Please read the KB article on Karma Credit Sunset.|
How to Apply to become an EB member or EiC
- Read our EB policy by following the "Editorial Board Policy" link in the footer of each JMIR journal or via the Publishing Policies menu on the journal page (example: EB Policy for J Med Internet Res)
- If you meet the requirements in our policy, apply as an EB member (solicited or unsolicited) for any journal using our new application form (new form Oct 2022)
You can be an ad-hoc Section Editor of multiple JMIR journals, but a primary EB member of only one journal. Chances for acceptance are higher if you apply for a journal that currently has a small EB or a new journal looking to appoint inaugural EB members.
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
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