Editorial Board Guidelines

Editorial Board Member's Guidelines

Online Open Access Journals

Editorial Board Members are the prime essence for the Online Open Access Journals. We understand the importance and vitality of Editorial Board Members for fostering the growth of the Journals. Hence, we at OOA follow a rigorous practice to select our Editorial Board Members for individual journals who met our Editorial Board Member policy. Our Editorial board is our main advisory board consisting of prominent personalities of respective fields. Our editorial board members are the ambassadors for our journals and our credibility lies upon their credentials. We follow the practice and guidelines defined by COPE and ICMJE for our OOA journals.

Editorial Board Structure

Our Editorial Member team is categorized into two groups: Editor-in-chief and Editorial Board Members including internal associate editor coordinating with Chief Editor and other Editorial Board Members for day today Journal’s activities.

Editor-in-chief is the chairperson of the Journal and is the key decision maker of the journal and board. His decision regarding fate of an article is final and no is allowed to do any changes afterwards.

Roles & Responsibilities of Editorial Board Members

The major role of the editorial board is to advise and support the editor and major decision makers of the fate of the journals. Functions may include:

  • Identifying new topics for commissions, issues, special issues and advising on direction for the journal—giving feedback on past issues and making suggestions for both subject matter and potential authors
  • Provide content by writing occasional editorials and other short articles
  • Approaching potential contributors
  • Help to identify peer reviewers and provide second opinions on papers (i.e. In case there is a conflict between reviewers)
  • Identify appropriate conferences for editors to attend
  • Endorse the journal to authors, readers and subscribers and encourage colleagues to submit their best work.
  • Calling initial articles from editorial board members
  • Solicit a steady stream of articles on a regular basis together with other editorial board members
  • Assigning peer-reviewers to the respective articles and Adding peer-reviewers to the peer-review database
  • Making sure that reviewers respond within the deadline
  • Should ensure the quality of published material through peer-review, own comments, and editing
  • Should ensure the protection of individual data and maintain confidentiality
  • While considering case reports and patient photographs, it is suggested to obtain informed consent in written format
  • An editor must have superior skills to ask for revision without the reviewers’ decision and if needed, should be able to rewrite poorly written manuscripts
  • Suggestions for the development of Online Open Access Publisher journals is highly appreciated.
  • Seeking help in indexing of our Open Access Peer Review Journals

Recruiting Editorial Board Members

Editorial board members are the main backbone of our journals and their decisions are final. Hence we choose the best mind to be associated with us. Editorial Board Members decisions are highly regarded within the discipline of the Journals and will be invalid if not under the discipline. Affiliation, Overall research experience, publication number, and academic aptitude are the top deciding factors.

Editorial Board members may undergo a gradual changes in every 2 to 3 years with members coming in, stepping down or continue another term. Changes also may happen in the interim, in case some members resigns.

Identification of Potential Candidates:

  • The candidate should be a Ph.D. degree in relevant subject or minimum master degree with 10+ year’s expertise.
  • Candidates must have a good publication record with designated positions in Universities, Research institutes, Hospitals, Corporates and key Organizations.
  • Former guest editors of special issues, Editors of other journals, authors of key reviews, and top reviewers may be suitable.
  • Existing board members can suggest for new members.
  • While recruiting potential board members, they will be provided with a brief description of the roles and responsibilities, with a clear statement that it is a voluntary position with no remuneration related to the post.
  • A healthy, professional good working relationship is needed between the editorial board and the associated editors of the journal. The Editorial board works for the journal and is worthwhile nominating people to the board for a period of time, which is renewable depending upon performance.
  • An up-to-date list of board members, including their areas of expertise will be maintained and, and notes on how useful they have been in the past can be kept.
  • As a publisher, we can highlight and promote our Editorial Members in all the platforms with no objection.
  • The size of editorial board members may vary across journals and disciplines. There is no defined numbers, but what is very important is to globalize our editorial board as much as possible to promote the journal across multiple regions, including developing countries as well.
  • Any Editorial Board members become inactive or will not support actively can be removed from the position with a prior notice among all the members.

Editorial Board Meetings

Editorial board meetings are very much useful to meet with all of the editorial board members and office bearers to brief and discuss on issues, take questions and also gain ideas for policies and upcoming journal editions. Meeting can be done through face to face, or via telephone or video conferencing.

Whenever board meetings are not possible, we will try to arrange to meet with board members in an individual conferences or other academic events. Meeting board members is a key way of networking and building and strengthening the relationship with editorial board.

We will have our own Conferences annually and all members can meet there. We may support them partially or fully in terms of travel to attend our conferences. For board members accommodations will be taken care by us including registrations if any.