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March 23, 2017 | Grace Ma, Managing Editor - Science, Technology & Medicine Journals (APAC)

Top takeaways from our Singapore Editor Round Table


Approximately 25 journal editors and editorial board members from journals across the subject areas joined us at Goodwood Park Hotel for the Editor Round Table on 22nd February.

The workshop started off with a welcome address by Lyndsey Dixon, Regional Editorial Journals Director, Taylor & Francis Asia Pacific.…

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March 17, 2017 | Rebecca Newgent, Editor-in-Chief, Counseling Outcome Research & Evaluation

Meet the editor: Counseling Outcome Research & Evaluation

Q&A with Dr. Rebecca Newgent


Rebecca NewgentDr. Rebecca Newgent is a Professor in the Department of Counselor Education at Western Illinois University. She is the Editor-in-Chief of Counseling Outcome Research & Evaluation (CORE), now published by Taylor & Francis. We caught up with Dr. Newgent about the journal, the counseling profession, and what she looks forward to about CORE’s partnership with Taylor & Francis.…

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March 6, 2017 | Barry Fry, Head of Production Management

Crossmark identification to be added to all published work


Taylor & Francis is a participant in the Crossmark program – a multi-publisher initiative to provide a standard way for readers to locate the authenticated version of a piece of content. To show that we are committed to maintaining the content we publish, and that we adhere to funder requirements to alert readers to potential changes, we will be adding the Crossmark logo to the first page of all published articles.…

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March 1, 2017 | James Hardcastle Research Manager

New Scopus metric: CiteScore


December 2016 saw the launch of a new Scopus metric, CiteScore, along with associated other metrics. The new journal-level metrics will provide an additional view of journal performance and have been published for over 22,000 journals index in Scopus. This post will give you an overview of the metric and what it could mean for your journal.…

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February 27, 2017 | Dr. Claudia Lament Editor-in-Chief, The Psychoanalytic Study of the Child

Meet the editor: The Psychoanalytic Study of the Child

Q&A with Dr. Claudia Lament


Dr. Claudia Lament is an Assistant Clinical Professor in the Department of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry at the New York University Langone Medical Center, and a Training and Supervising Analyst at the Institute for Psychoanalytic Education. She is the Editor-in-Chief of The Psychoanalytic Study of the Child (The PSC), now published by Taylor & Francis. We spoke to Dr. Lament about the journal, child psychoanalysis, and The PSC’s partnership with Taylor and Francis.
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February 22, 2017 | Chrissy Sihdu, Press & Media Relations Executive

Why use press releases to promote research?


Getting your journal’s articles in the media can help your research make a big impact in academic circles, society and government.

Whether your aim is to encourage readership, increase citations or influence policy, a press release can be a key instrument in achieving these aims.…

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February 15, 2017 | Tom Murden, Editorial Systems Coordinator

Editorial Manager update: template letters for reviewers

More options when inviting reviewers beyond original submissions


Editorial Manager will soon be releasing their new version (13.1) - and with it there are a number of new features. One of these features is of particularly relevant to how editors will conduct the peer-review process, namely the ability to choose from more than one default letter when inviting reviewers to review a manuscript.…

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February 10, 2017 | Victoria Farrimond Journals Development Coordinator

Book discount for editors, board members and reviewers


We are pleased to offer all our editors, board members, and reviewers a discount on their purchase of Taylor & Francis Group books (including those under the Routledge, CRC Press, Garland Science, Psychology Press, and Focal Press imprints).
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February 7, 2017 | Miles Richardson, Multimedia & Social Media Editor of 'Ergonomics'

Creating an online identity: a social media editor’s perspective

Miles Richardson, Multimedia & Social Media Editor of 'Ergonomics' shares his expertise


Dr Miles RichardsonMany journal editors are embracing social media to create an online identity and reach a digital audience to promote their journals more widely. Miles Richardson, Multimedia & Social Media Editor of Ergonomics, shares his tips on getting started, making an impact, and how the data can be used to improve the overall quality and performance of a publication.…

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February 2, 2017 | Dr. Juan Manuel Guayasamin Editor-in-Chief, Neotropical Biodiversity

Meet the editor: Neotropical Biodiversity

Q&A with Dr. Juan Manuel Guayasamin


Dr. Juan Manuel Guayasamin is a specialist in evolutionary biology, who teaches at the Universidad San Francisco de Quito of Ecuador. He is the Editor-in-Chief of Neotropical Biodiversity, an open access journal published on behalf of SENESCYT, the Ecuadorean Department for Higher Education, Science, Technology and Innovation. We caught up with Dr. Guayasamin about the challenges of launching a journal, his advice to early career researchers and what he sees for the future of the journal.
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January 17, 2017 | Jodie Bell, Press & Media Relations Manager

Helping your journal hit the headlines in 2017


To mark the start of the new year, the Taylor & Francis Newsroom has a fresh new look. Find out about some recent developments which will help your journal reach the press in 2017.
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January 16, 2017 | Daniel Pullin, Marketing Coordinator

5 reasons to sign up to Taylor & Francis Insights


5 reasons to sign up to InsightsKeeping up with the latest news from the research community can be hard. Submissions deadlines, papers to mark, conferences to attend – it’s easy to push it all to one side.

That’s why we’ve introduced Insights: a weekly round-up of the latest research news, stories, and tips for researchers at all stages.…

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December 16, 2016 | Lucy Francis Editorial Office Team Leader

The Peer Review Systems Helpdesk


The process of peer review via an online submission system such as ScholarOne Manuscripts or Editorial Manager often generates queries, and you may not always be able to answer these yourself. Taylor & Francis have a dedicated Peer Review Systems (PRS) Helpdesk to help you.
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December 1, 2016 | Oscar Masinyana Managing Editor

Supporting early career researchers in ways that count

Six reflections from South Africa’s early career researcher ‘Conversazione’


The number of researchers moving from PhDs into a career in academia is shrinking, while the challenges to pursuing a career in research appear to be rising. So how can early career researchers best develop a body of published research, and what can the scholarly community do to better support people as they move into becoming published authors?…

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November 22, 2016 | Anna Walton Editorial Systems Coordinator

Making the most of your reviewer list

Using your peer review submission system to help you keep your reviewer list up to date


When examining improvement and development opportunities for your journal, editors should aim to enhance and augment the review process. Many editors would agree that the most difficult element of peer review is finding reviewers who are willing and able to evaluate a paper within a few weeks; yet this is such an integral slice of the journal’s day to day running, as it helps to improve both the speed and quality of the peer review process.…

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October 28, 2016 | Jeffrey A. Simmons, Editor-in-Chief, the Journal of Freshwater Ecology

A transition to open access


The Journal of Freshwater Ecology, published since 1981, is a peer-reviewed journal for the field of aquatic ecology of freshwater systems that is aimed at an international audience of researchers and professionals. In 2017, the journal will be a fully open access journal, meaning all articles will, if accepted, be available for anyone to read anywhere, at any time immediately on publication. But what are the implications of this move to open access? Jeffrey A. Simmons, Editor-in-Chief of the journal reflects this Open Access Week.
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October 26, 2016 | Dr. Xiaochun Liu Executive Editor of Atmospheric and Oceanic Science Letters

Helping the public understand science

Social media ventures and open access opportunities


Dr. Xiaochun Liu is Executive Editor of Atmospheric and Oceanic Science Letters (AOSL), an international journal for the publication of original Letters related to all aspects of the atmospheric sciences and physical oceanography. In this blog post, Dr Xiaochun Liu explores the opportunities presented by using social media and publishing open access. How has social media been used to help the public understand research published in the journal? And why did the editors choose open access? Read on to find out.
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October 24, 2016 | Mike Smith Editor-in-Chief, Journal of Maps

Moving to open access: an editor’s view


The Journal of Maps is a peer-reviewed, inter-disciplinary, online journal that aims to provide a forum for researchers to publish maps and spatial diagrams. From September 2016, the journal will be a fully open access journal, meaning all articles will, if accepted, be available for anyone to read anywhere, at any time immediately on publication. But what are the implications of this move to open access? What are the benefits? Mike Smith, Editor-in-Chief of Journal of Maps reflects.
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September 22, 2016 | Imogen Clarke Development Editor

Peer Review Week: catch up on our peer review Twitter discussion


Did you catch our peer review chat on Twitter? Our panel of editors joined us from Argentina, Puerto Rico and the UK, taking a rare opportunity to share peer review expertise across regions and disciplines. And joining us from the Taylor & Francis team who manage the systems that facilitate peer review on our journals, we had Gareth and Lucy offering up valuable advice. Our Storify of the event contains peer review tips and insights for editors, reviewers and authors.
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September 20, 2016 | Lucy Francis Editorial Office Team Leader

Meet the Taylor & Francis in-house peer review team


Part of the wider Taylor & Francis Electronic Editorial Systems department, the In-House Peer Review (IHPR) team are a group of experts responsible for matters surrounding peer review. What are the team responsible for? How do they support titles across the business? What is CrossRef Similarity Check software, and how do the team use it to check papers for ethical issues? In this post, Lucy Francis, Editorial Office Team Leader, tells us more about the IHPR team, shedding light on how they support journals through the peer review process.
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September 19, 2016 | Claire Doffegnies Journals Development Coordinator

Peer review in pictures: opening up the black box


The term ‘black box’ often comes up in the discussion around peer review. It seems that sometimes, it isn’t always clear to authors who and what exactly is involved in the process, and how much work it actually takes. Our recent white paper, Peer review: a global view, showed a discrepancy between researchers’ expectation and the reality of how long it takes to review a paper, which may be a symptom of this. So, we’ve put together a handy graphic to shed light on the steps involved in the process – help us open up the black box and share this with the researchers publishing in your journal.
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September 13, 2016 | Claire Doffegnies Journals Development Coordinator

How we’re developing digital

The latest Editor Resources newsletter


At Taylor & Francis we’re always looking at ways to develop digitally, from redesigning our Taylor & Francis Online journals platform, to using innovative technology such as Figshare and JournalMap to help make research published in your journal more discoverable, and launching TandFChina.com to improve support offered to scholarly communities in China. Our latest Editor Resources newsletter takes you through some of these exciting digital developments.
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August 25, 2016 | Jeffrey D. Roth, MD, Medical Director, Working Sobriety Chicago, Editor, Journal of Groups in Addiction and Recovery

Reviewing manuscripts as a group process


My day job is serving as an addiction psychiatrist and group psychotherapist with a group of colleagues at Working Sobriety Chicago. When I became editor-in-chief of the Journal of Groups in Addiction and Recovery, I brought both my naivete as a journal editor and my experience of working with group processes. One major task as editor has been to stimulate the submission of manuscripts for publication and organize the review process for these manuscripts in line with the journal’s emphasis on the use of groups and sharing.
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August 24, 2016 | Emma Greenwood, Associate Editorial Director & Bryan Vickery, Director, Cogent OA

Finding the right home for all submitted works

The Cogent transfer service


A manuscript may flow through multiple journals and rounds of review on its way to publication. Authors of work that goes on to be published can sometimes wait many months before publication, with efforts of reviewers and editors expended at each stage. That’s why we created the Cogent Transfer service - journal editors can at the point of rejection simply identify if the manuscript may be suitable for publication elsewhere by selecting the Reject – Unsuitable option. The author will then be offered a transfer to a suitable Cogent OA journal, and has the choice whether to transfer their manuscript or not. If they agree, Taylor & Francis/Cogent OA staff will transfer the manuscript on their behalf, no re-formatting required. Of course, authors are entirely free to submit their manuscript elsewhere.
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August 12, 2016 | Claire Doffegnies Journals Development Coordinator

Showcasing your journal on the brand new Taylor & Francis Online


It’s here: the brand new Taylor & Francis Online. Over the past year, our digital team have been working hard to redesign our journals platform, using feedback and analytics data to shape and inform changes to improve the experience for users. Expect to see your journal showcased on a slick new platform that clears away clutter and enables readers to get straight to the heart of research published in your journal. What are your favorite features? Share yours using the #TFrefresh on Facebook or Twitter, and in the meantime read 10 of ours.
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August 9, 2016 | Paul Taylor, Editor-in-Chief, Journal of Systematic Palaeontology

The story behind the picture

See the Journal of Systematic Palaeontology in photos on Taylor & Francis Online


This month, you can see Paul Taylor, Editor-in-Chief of the Journal of Systematic Palaeontology and colleagues appearing on the new Taylor & Francis Online. The image on the home page for August 2016 shows researchers working at the Natural History Museum in London, UK. But what is happening in the pictures? What does a typical working day look like for Paul and his colleagues? What advice would he give to an 18-year old who wanted a career in the field? Read on to discover the story behind the pictures.
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August 5, 2016 | Gareth Meager Editorial Systems Manager

DMARC email sending policy and how this affects your journal

The latest update


Emails from both ScholarOne and Editorial Manager are now DMARC compliant and when sending to email servers that are using authentication criteria – such as Gmail, Yahoo, AOL and many institutions – the email will pass through without any problems. These updates to ensure compliance are now in place and no further action within your peer review system should be required. It is, however, worth noting a few key points.
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August 1, 2016 | Imogen Clarke Development Editor

Getting creative with cartoon abstracts

A fun new way of visualizing academic research.


Cartoon Abstracts are an innovative new way to summarize and draw attention to research. Illustrations can aid the understanding of difficult concepts, broaden the appeal of a niche topics, and transcend language barriers. Find out how you can get involved as an editor.
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July 18, 2016 | Andy Nobes Programme Officer, Research Development and Support at INASP

AuthorAID mentoring - providing a helping hand to developing country researchers


In many lower and lower-middle income countries, researchers often don’t have the access to the resources and training in research writing and publishing that we can take for granted in the US and UK. This is where AuthorAID mentors can provide an important role, using their skills and experience to guide less experienced researchers through the challenges of publishing and communicating their research. We are continually looking to increase the number of volunteer mentors on our system to help meet a growing demand.
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July 18, 2016 | Claire Doffegnies Journals Development Coordinator

Shout out to peer review

We'll be celebrating Peer Review Week 2016


One thing is clear: peer review matters. Editors, authors and publishers alike value the system for the crucial role it plays in ensuring published research is trustworthy, accurate, and meets the highest standards possible within a given field. That’s why, for the second year running, we’ll be joining our peers in making a fuss of peer review during Peer Review Week 2016, from 19 – 25 September.
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July 11, 2016 | Elaine Devine Senior Communications Manager (Author Relations)

Motivations, training and support in peer review

Read the latest research in ‘Peer review: a global view’


What motivates researchers to peer review, or to publish in peer reviewed journals? What training would researchers like to access before accepting an invitation to review? Read the 10 key findings from our latest research into peer review and find out what authors, reviewers and fellow journal editors really think motivates researchers to publish and review.
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July 11, 2016 | Merle Zwiers, Early Career Editor, International Journal of Housing Policy

An early career researcher in the world of academic publishing

Q&A with Merle Zwiers, Early Career Editor, International Journal of Housing Policy


Merle Zwiers, a PhD student in Urban Geography at Delft University of Technology, was recently appointed the new role of early career editor at the International Journal of Housing Policy. In this short interview, Merle tells us about her experiences as a young researcher in the world of academic publishing. How did she become an early career editor? What are the benefits and challenges that come with this position?
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July 5, 2016 | Anna Walton, Editorial Systems Coordinator

Release news – ScholarOne 4.19


There has recently been a new ScholarOne release which has updated the look of the ScholarOne home page and menu, as well as the author dashboard and submission interface.
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July 4, 2016 | Helen Opara, Communications Officer

#ShareYourEprints: helping you to help authors increase the reach of their research


Did you know that the authors of articles published in subscription journals get 50 free eprints to share on publication? Sharing them is a great way to highlight their work (and the journal) to their colleagues, peers and friends. Read our five top tips on how to #ShareYourEprints, and point the authors publishing in your journal towards them.
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June 27, 2016 | Joanne Thomas, Projects and Events Coordinator and Emily Jesper, Head of Partnerships and Governance, Sense about Science

Supporting early career researchers

Q&A with Sense about Science


In this virtual Q&A, get to know Sense about Science. What do they get asked the most about peer review? How do they think journal editors can benefit from involving early career researchers in the peer review process? And what are the challenges for ECRs getting involved? Joanne Thomas and Emily Jesper from Sense about Science discuss all this and more.
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June 15, 2016 | Scott Yearsley, Managing Editor

10 ways to develop your journal


Editors already play a crucial role in journal development; they send signals to the readership through their selection of papers and appointment of board members, for example. But the pace of change in the world of journals is immense, and there are a number of other strategies that an editor can employ. The following are just a few ideas for you to consider.
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June 13, 2016 | David Trafimow, Editor, Basic and Applied Social Psychology

The demise of Null Hypothesis Significance Testing: a personal view

From David Trafimow, Editor, Basic and Applied Social Psychology


In 2015, the Editor of Basic and Applied Social Psychology announced in an editorial that the journal would cease accepting papers that relied on certain statistical methods – especially the null hypothesis significance testing procedure (NHSTP) – with immediate effect. The editorial went far and wide, sparking a great deal of (mixed) attention within the scholarly community. Tweets were written, blog posts were shared, and publications including Scientific American and the Economist debated the matter. How has the editorial influenced scientific practice? How have submissions to the journal changed? What’s been the reaction to the editor? David Trafimow discusses his decision, and recounts his personal experiences and views over one year down the line.
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June 6, 2016 | Gareth Meager Editorial Systems Manager

DMARC email sending policy and how this affects your journal

Changes to email ‘from’ addresses in peer review systems


The peer review systems widely used at Taylor & Francis - both Editorial Manager and ScholarOne Manuscripts – typically operate by sending emails and alerts from the system as if sent by a named user, where the from address and the @server.com details do not match. This is known as ‘spoofing’. In legitimate use, spoofing acts as a good way to send emails from within an organization’s server (in this case the peer review systems) but appear to the outside world to be from another person. The ‘from’ address may appear as “person@university.com” even though the actual domain of the sending server is something else, such as “email@peerreviewsystem.com”. This is the core of DMARC policy, and email providers are now checking to make sure these two domains (the ‘from’ address and the sending server) match so that spammers are not able to ‘spoof’ genuine email as a means to appear more trustworthy.
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May 31, 2016 | Becca Bray, OA Marketing Executive

Open access: what are the opportunities for marketing and publicity?


Marketing open access (OA) journals and articles offers a huge amount of opportunities to maximize the visibility of research, not only within academia but also beyond. Becca Bray, OA Marketing Executive at Taylor & Francis, gives an insight into the impact publishing OA can have, with real life examples to inspire and inform.
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May 24, 2016 | Becca Bray, OA Marketing Executive

The role of marketing in open access

Applying tactics and channels to journal articles


What is the role of marketing in open access (OA) publishing? How are marketing tactics and channels applied to individual journal articles and on specific journals? With OA meaning an individual piece of research has the potential to be read by anyone, our OA Marketing Executive, Becca Bray, lifts the lid on the many and varied ways the team works to maximize the number of people reading.
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May 6, 2016 | Claire Sewell Social Media Editor, New Review of Academic Librarianship & Research Skills Coordinator in the Office of Scholarly Communication, Cambridge

My new role as a social media editor

Q&A with Claire Sewell, Social Media Editor, New Review of Academic Librarianship


Graham Walton, Editor of New Review of Academic Librarianship, recently appointed a social media editor for the journal. We caught up with Claire Sewell to find out more about her new role. How did she become a social media editor? Why did the journal decide to launch social media pages? And what will she be posting about in her new role?
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May 4, 2016 | Elaine Devine Senior Communications Manager (Author Relations)

Supporting researchers in China and beyond with the launch of TandFChina.com


Taylor & Francis’ new online hub for scholars based in China and for Chinese researchers anywhere in the world has launched this week. Find out how this website, with support and guidance in Mandarin, can help you in your work as an editor, and what the reaction was when we debuted it at recent editor roundtable events in Hong Kong and Beijing.
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April 25, 2016 | Elaine Devine Senior Communications Manager

Spread the (peer review) word

Apply now for a free Sense about Science early career researcher workshop


Simple advice and guidance on peer review is essential for every researcher, and that’s why we’re continuing to support Sense about Science’s free peer review workshops, the first of which (for 2016) is being held in central London on Friday 13 May. Tell your early career researcher friends and colleagues there’s still time to apply, all they need to do is send a CV and covering letter by 4 May.
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April 25, 2016 | Felicity Davies, Product Data Analyst

Citations top tips


Would you like to increase the impact of your journal? Do you have a paper that you feel should be especially well-cited? Here are some of the most popular ideas on how to achieve this...
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April 19, 2016 | Claire Doffegnies Journals Development Coordinator

The role of a journal editor

Our latest Editor Resources newsletter


Are you a new journal editor? Or a seasoned editor looking for fresh ideas and insights? Perhaps you are a reviewer wanting to find out more about the role of an editor, or an author keen to edit a journal in the future. Whatever your story, read our latest Editor Resources newsletter for information, news and tips. In this issue, we focus on the role of a journal editor.
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April 11, 2016 | Jennifer Lien Managing Editor

Top takeaways from our 2016 Singapore Editor Round Table


This year, our Singapore-based journal editors, editorial board members, and society partners joined us at the Singapore Cricket Club on 24 February for lively conversations around the theme of ‘Sharing in Success’. Read on to find out what we discussed and what our editors took away from the events.
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April 7, 2016 | Raymond Tellis, Open Access Operations and Research Manager

Research and the REF

How UK authors can be compliant with HEFCE OA policy in Taylor & Francis journals


If you are based in the UK you may know that the Higher Education Funding Council for England (HEFCE) has an open access policy that recently went into effect. Find out how your authors can be compliant with the HEFCE open access policy.
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April 6, 2016 | Robinson Raju Publishing Editor

Top takeaways from our 2016 India Editor Round Tables


This year, journal editors and authors from a range of disciplines joined us at Le Méridien, Bengaluru on 8 March 2016, and Vivanta by Taj, Hyderabad on 9 March 2016 for lively conversation around the theme of ‘Indian Authors in the Global Arena’. Read on to find out what we discussed.
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