Managing my journal

October 1, 2015 | Sarah Robbie, Peer Review Manager

Publishing ethics and the role of the editor


Publishing ethics and ethics misconduct are something that journal editors certainly hear a lot about, whether through direct experience in dealing with misconduct on their journals, or through reading about them more and more in the media. But why are ethics important? And what is the role of the editor in ethics? Find out in this post.
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September 25, 2015 | Helen Talbot, Editorial Systems Coordinator

Editorial Manager: free reporting webinar


Spaces are still available on Aries’ Enterprise Analytics Reporting (EAR) Webinar on September 30. Sign up to this free event and learn how to use this powerful tool to enhance the management of your journal.
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August 21, 2015 | Graham Walton Assistant Director (Academic and User Services), Library, and Honorary Research Fellow, Centre for Information Management, Loughborough University, UK

Eighteen years of being an editor: reflections on the role


“When I became a journal editor in 1998, I naively made the assumption that the work was primarily about deciding which papers should be published and in what order.” Graham Walton reflects on eighteen years of hard-won experience as a journal editor and what the role looks like in 2015.
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July 28, 2015 | Louise Phillips Marketing Executive

Using Search Engine Optimization techniques to increase discoverability of research


Search engines are most people’s first port of call for answering questions. But what about finding academic research? How can you make sure that the research published in your journal is at the top of the results list? Take a look at these SEO techniques that you and your authors can use to help ensure that the research published in your journal is as discoverable and widely read as possible.
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July 27, 2015 | Karen Winter Head of Quality Management

Support for editors and authors – Taylor & Francis Editing Services


In February this year we launched Taylor & Francis Editing Services www.tandfeditingservices.com. The service was developed in response to authors’ need for advice on language editing or assistance with arranging translation. The aim of the service is to support authors and to ease the burden for editors in managing submissions that need translation or English language improvement.
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July 17, 2015 | Paul Naish Publisher

Getting the most out of your editorial board meeting


Editorial Board meetings, typically held annually, are vital to the continued editorial development of any journal. They offer the journal board the opportunity to make key decisions, share ideas, and discuss the journal’s progress. Taylor & Francis can often help with Editorial Board meeting arrangements but planning and chairing a meeting is often a responsibility that falls to the Editor-in-Chief. Get the most out of the opportunity by reading these tips for planning and running an effective Editorial Board meeting.
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July 6, 2015 | Tamara Bowler Peer Review Coordinator

Required reviewers – customizing for the exception, not the rule


Inspired by frequently asked questions from editors, our dedicated EES (Electronic Editorial Systems) team share their top tips on getting the best out of your peer review management system. In this post, how do you change the minimal number of reviewers necessary to complete the review stage of a manuscript? Read on.
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June 18, 2015 | Siobhán Aldridge Editorial Systems Coordinator

Special tips for a special issue


Inspired by frequently asked questions from editors, our dedicated EES (Electronic Editorial Systems) team share their top tips on getting the best out of your peer review management system. In this post, we give you some special tips for publishing a special issue. Don't miss them - read on.
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June 8, 2015 | Matthew Johnson Editor of Global Discourse

Altmetric, social media, and impact


Altmetric data has now been added to Taylor & Francis Online and Cogent OA. Matthew Johnson, Editor of Global Discourse tells us how he is using these metrics to benefit the journal: “Understanding this basis for credibility and authority enables editors to think much more effectively about the development of their journals. Altmetric offers an opportunity for editors to be much more precise and focused in their efforts.”
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June 4, 2015 | David Chandler Editor of Resilience: International Policies, Practices and Discourses

Taking journals out of the library: using Altmetric insight and social media to engage new audiences

One editor's view on Altmetric


Altmetric data has now been added to Taylor & Francis Online and Cogent OA, enhancing the article metrics currently available on both journal platforms. Added to all journal articles published since January 2012, Altmetric data will offer users a more complete picture of how people are engaging with research articles from Taylor & Francis Group, whether via traditional or social media, blogs or online reference managers. We spoke to David Chandler, editor of Resilience: International Policies, Practices and Discourses, to find out how he is using these metrics, and what these metrics mean to him as an Editor.
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May 6, 2015 | Lucy Francis External Peer Review Supervisor

What to do when there is an ethical issue


Inspired by frequently asked questions from editors, our dedicated EES (Electronic Editorial Systems) team share their top tips on getting the best out of your peer review management system. In this post, what do you do if you suspect, or are notified of, a potential ethical issue regarding a manuscript in peer review? Read on.
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April 29, 2015 | Asit K. Biswas Professor and President, Third World Centre for Water Management

Why a well-reasoned argument can be key to good editorship

The advice that has guided one editor’s career


Asit Biswas, former editor of Water Resources Development, was recently named as the second most influential person in the water industry by the industry magazine Water and Wastewater International. Alongside journal editing and his own research, he has also been an advisor to nineteen governments and winner of the Stockholm Water Prize (considered to be the Nobel Prize for water). Here he tells us the two pieces of advice that have guided his career.
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April 27, 2015 | Leila Jones Publishing Manager – Journal Development

Engaging journal audiences through your Aims & Scope


Who reads a journal’s Aims & Scope? The primary audience might be authors, librarians, and readers but we also need to consider that Aims & Scope statements should address thought leaders in the journal’s field, reviewers, editors, funders, advertisers, the media and even the general public. Over the last year, Taylor & Francis editorial teams have been working hand in hand with academic journal editors to evaluate and refresh the Aims & Scope statements of our journals. The updates have added clarity and focus and maximized the journals’ chance of success. Find out more …
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April 14, 2015 | Maryanne Dever Co-Editor of Australian Feminist Studies & Lisa Adkins Co-Editor of Australian Feminist Studies

Journal mentoring scheme

Securing the future of your journal


Can launching a mentoring scheme for new writers help us to connect with emerging scholars who may not yet know the journal and generate some innovative and exciting contributions from early-career academics?
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March 9, 2015 | Peter Gilroy Editor of the Journal of Education for Teaching

Seven tips for recruiting and retaining referees

The steps one editor takes to maintain a good reviewer panel


I had no idea as an author of the difficulties that editors have in recruiting and retaining referees. That innocent phase ended once I began editing a journal, and had to identify and then negotiate with referees directly. My experience as a reviewer meant I wanted to work with referees in a different way. These are the steps I take to ensure we rarely have tardy or non-responsive referees.
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February 11, 2015 | Professor Elliot Shubert Editor-in-Chief, Systematics and Biodiversity

What I wish I’d known when I first started editing a journal

How teamwork and an online submission system helped one editor


Taking over a journal can be challenging but there are saving factors, including online submission systems. Discover how simple changes helped one editor, and how being an editor isn’t a “one-man show.”
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February 11, 2015 | Elaine Devine, Communications Manager (Author Relations)

Introducing Taylor & Francis Editing Services

Supporting authors before submission


As January fades from view, there are still new things happening at Taylor & Francis, including developing the support we offer authors. Our Editing Services offer expert English language editing, translation, manuscript formatting, and figure preparation for researchers wherever they are in the world. Find out how it can help those submitting to your journal.
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January 7, 2015 | Vicki Luker, Executive Editor The Journal of Pacific History

What I wish I’d known when I first started editing a journal

An unexpected but serendipitous discovery


“Authors and editors aim for the same thing: for words that fly on their own wings, off the page or the screen, to our readers!” For Vicki Luker, articles by non-native speakers have sharpened her love of words. Read on to find out more about this unexpected, but serendipitous, result of her experience as an editor.
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December 8, 2014 | Dr. Tom McDaniel Executive Editor of The Clearing House: A Journal of Educational Strategies, Issues and Ideas & Dr. Pamela Childers Executive Editor of The Clearing House: A Journal of Educational Strategies, Issues and Ideas

What I wish I’d known when I first started co-editing a journal

Co-editing is a happy marriage, and divorce is not an option!


Join Thomas McDaniel and Pamela Childers in this special co-editor edition of the “What I wish I’d known” blog series. Executive Editors of The Clearing House: A Journal of Educational Strategies, Issues and Ideas, Thomas and Pamela reflect on the benefits of co-editing a journal, the ups and downs of the relationship, and how many hands can make light work.
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November 17, 2014 | Professor Marcus Haward Editor of Australian Journal of Maritime and Ocean Affairs

What I wish I’d known when I first started editing a journal

A shared journey


Motivations for taking on editorial responsibilities vary, but a common element seems to be a desire to contribute to scholarship. Find out why Professor Marcus Haward took on the role of editor and if he’d have done it knowing what he knows now.
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November 10, 2014 | Mamidala Jagadesh Kumar Editor-in-Chief of IETE Technical Review

What I wish I’d known when I first started editing a journal

Even brilliant ideas are never new


“One should realize that ideas are never new. However brilliant, every idea is always based on previous knowledge.” Read on to discover the importance of publishing papers by authors that cite their research.
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November 10, 2014 | Gary McCulloch Editor of British Journal of Educational Studies

What I wish I’d known when I first started editing a journal

Referee reports and how to tackle the classic ‘yes-no-maybe’


It’s common for two academics in the same area of study to have completely different views of the same article. It is not unusual for one to say that a particular article should be published as it stands, while another is emphatic that it should not be published under any circumstances. Read on to find out about Gary McCulloch’s own experience of contradictory feedback as an author and tips for what editors can do in this situation.
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October 21, 2014 | Anna T. Cianciolo Editor of Teaching & Learning in Medicine

What I wish I’d known when I first started editing a journal

Balancing journal management and leadership


Join Anna Cianciolo as she breaks down the mechanics of managing a journal to make room for leadership: “For new editors, it is easy to allow a journal’s managerial demands to overwhelm the duties of leadership ... To keep a journal alive, an editor must make every effort to improve process efficiency so that time and mental space are preserved for leadership.”
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October 16, 2014 | Neil Carr Editor of the Annals of Leisure Research

What I wish I’d known when I first started editing a journal

You need to know the questions you need to ask


Sometime in 2012 a call for a new editor of the Annals of Leisure Research went out and a nice individual who shall remain anonymous (you know who you are!) suggested I stick my name forward. Well, the rest is history; at the start of 2013, I took up the editorial reins. Do I wish I had had more knowledge when stepping into the breach? Read on to find out.
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October 15, 2014 | Graham Hobbs, Journals Editorial Director

What do researchers want to know before they submit their paper?

Insights from a “How to get published” workshop


Perplexed about peer review? Stumped by social media? Find out what early-career researchers want to know before they submit their research to an academic journal or book. Journals Editorial Director, Graham Hobbs, reveals the common questions asked in a “How to get published” workshop.
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October 2, 2014 | Dr. Neil Powe Managing Editor of Journal of Environmental Planning and Management

What I wish I'd known when I first started editing a journal

The importance of maintaining the human touch


Being an editor is a rewarding yet challenging job with much of the work occurring through an electronic online automated system. Whilst the efficiency of processing is significantly enhanced by such systems, and feedback from the authors and reviewers is mostly positive, it can be difficult to maintain a personal approach.
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October 2, 2014 | Jessica Feinstein, Head of Quality Management

Accepted Manuscripts Online: an overview


Taylor & Francis offers a rapid publication option called Accepted Manuscripts Online (AMO) that enables authors to see their peer-reviewed, accepted manuscripts on the Taylor & Francis website before they have been copy-edited. These articles are available in PDF format only. This option allows new knowledge to be made available to readers in the shortest possible time.
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September 24, 2014 | Ken Jones Managing Editor, Professional Development in Education

What I wish I’d known when I first started editing a journal

If you want a journal to grow, you can’t do it alone


Professional Development in Education began its life 40 years ago as the British Journal of In-service Education, run by a small, close-knit team who encouraged “practitioner” contributions as well as articles emerging from academic research. In those days a team of about six editors read every article and each was discussed fully at Editorial Boards before a decision was made. This was one of the best professional learning environments I've been involved in and it highlighted the fact that academics disagree.
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September 16, 2014 | Elaine Devine, Communications Manager (Author Relations) & Dr. Mike J Smith Editor-in-Chief Journal of Maps

What I wish I’d known when I first started editing a journal

The role of reviewers


After authors, reviewers are the lifeblood of any journal. Peer review requires independent scrutiny by suitable experts and it is this, in particular, that academic journals offer in terms of “value added.” And reviewers do this without reward. The review process is generally the slowest part of the publication process and can leave an editor particularly frustrated for the following reasons.
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May 20, 2014 | Journal Development Team

Improving author relations


When an author publishes in a journal, they experience each step of the peer-review process – and production process if their paper is accepted – on an individual level. If an author has a bad experience (slow turnaround times, poor communication, they deem the process to be unfair) then this perception, whether founded or not, can permeate the journal’s community and be damaging to a journal’s reputation.
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April 23, 2014 | Fiona Townsend, Publishing Editor - Journal Development

Engaging with the journal community


If your journal adequately represents and supports the interests of its subject community of researchers, authors, reviewers, and Editorial Board members, the community will in turn support the journal. Showing engagement with the community encourages positive sentiment for the journal, motivates future submissions, creates active enthusiasm for the content, and can be a useful way to gather feedback from your readership.
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April 10, 2014 | Helen Gray, Publishing Editor

The Taylor & Francis author survey

What it is and how it can help your journal


The Taylor & Francis Author Survey is one of several ways we ensure that we are meeting authors’ publication needs. Find out how it began and how it has helped us to improve our customer service.
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December 12, 2013 | Gillian Howcroft, eProducts Director

CrossRef Annual Meeting


Gillian Howcroft attended the CrossRef Annual Meeting to find out more about the various services CrossRef offers. In this article she provides an overview of CrossCheck, CrossMark, FundRef, and Cited-by Linking.
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August 7, 2013 |

Working with Taylor & Francis


From our network of global offices, Taylor & Francis staff provide local expertise and support to our editors, societies, and authors. You will receive a list of your personal contacts from Taylor & Francis.
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August 7, 2013 |

The production process


We will provide you with a professional production service that ensures quality, and is on schedule, giving your journal the support that it needs. Our US and UK production teams work together to continuously improve and enhance our services.
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July 29, 2013 |

New journal proposals


We are always interested in hearing ideas for potential new journals. If you have spotted a gap in the market for a new journal, please submit a proposal for consideration by our editorial specialists. To make sure that you provide us with the information that we need to properly evaluate your idea, it would be helpful if you follow our guide.
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June 26, 2013 |

Access and author schemes


Taylor & Francis is committed to the widest distribution of its journals to non-profit institutions in emerging regions and to supporting academic researchers and authors in less well-resourced parts of the world.
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