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March 30, 2016 | Cat Chimes, Head of Marketing, Altmetric

Putting Altmetric data to use: an introduction for journal editors


Assessing the reach of your journal, determining the levels of engagement within your field of research, helping you to shape your content strategy. Did you know these are just some of the many ways you could use the Altmetric data available at just one click on Taylor & Francis Online? Read this guest post from Altmetric for some ideas for how journal editors can put that data to use. And then, get the inside track from other editors, who told us how they’re using the data to benefit their journal.
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March 16, 2016 | Matt Cannon, Publisher (Publisher, Earth and Environmental Science) Elaine Devine Senior Communications Manager (Author Relations)

Trialling ORCiD: what, why and how

Biological, Earth and Environmental Science journals trial including ORCiDs as standard in online submissions


We’re trialling including ORCiDs on every submission to some of our biological, earth and environmental science journals. Find out what an ORCiD is, what the benefits are, and why we’re running this trial. Plus, tell us what you think – can it really save time, reduce errors and ensure researchers get credit for all their research activities?
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March 15, 2016 | Jennifer Lien Managing Editor

Building a Conversazione around impact and engagement in today’s publishing world


On a balmy Monday evening, scholars, academic administrators, research funders, and librarians joined Taylor & Francis representatives at the former Singapore-branch of the Kwangtung Provincial Bank for an evening of ‘conversazione’ around current best practices for promoting and measuring the impact and engagement of research output. Read the top takeaways from the event.
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March 13, 2016 | Claire Doffegnies, Marketing Executive

Spread the word, spread the support: our 15-minute podcast series

NEW: the role of academic mentoring


From encouraging people outside of academia to read your work, to exploring the many and varied career paths open to researchers, there’s something for everyone in our new podcast series. Created with Vitae – the international program that champions professional development for researchers – the series features interviews from people working in all aspects of research, and offers tips and practical advice that you can pass on to the researchers you work with (and you might even glean some valuable insights yourselves.)
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March 10, 2016 | Claire Doffegnies Journals Development Coordinator

Being an editor: the joys and challenges


Journal editors play a crucial role in the publication process; overseeing all editorial aspects. But what is it like to be an editor on a day-to-day basis? What are the joys and challenges in the role? And how do we support our editors?
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February 29, 2016 | Kathleen McLaughlin, Publishing Editor

Top takeaways from our 2016 Australian Editor Round Tables

Sydney and Melbourne


Australasian journal editors and representatives from partner societies joined us in Sydney on 15 February and Melbourne on 17 February for a day of informative and lively discussion around a range of publishing hot topics. Key themes included: publishing trends, metrics, open access, and new digital developments in the scholarly publishing arena. Read our top takeaways from the events.
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February 19, 2016 | Claire Doffegnies, Journals Development Coordinator & Lynsey Haire, Head of Electronic Editorial Systems

Finding reviewers is now faster and simpler


At Taylor & Francis, we are always working hard to develop our electronic peer-review systems to improve and enhance the quality of peer review, and to help make submission and peer-review management simpler, smoother, and more straightforward for journal editors, authors, and reviewers. Read on to find out more about the recent changes we have made, why, and how to get the most out of the latest developments to your electronic peer-review system.
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February 17, 2016 | Richard Goodman, Managing Editor

Working with your editorial board


Editorial boards come in a variety of shapes and sizes, but nearly all journals will have one and they are a fundamental factor in creating a sustainable and successful publication. This post suggests some key points to consider when constructing your editorial board, and engaging with board members on your journal’s activities and decisions.
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February 17, 2016 | Helen Opara, Communications Officer

What made the top 10 most downloaded OA articles in 2015?


Over the last year, our open access journals have published innovative research across many different disciplines. We’ve been crunching the numbers to reveal the ten most downloaded open access articles published in 2015, and the results are in.
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February 8, 2016 | Sarah Robbie, Publishing Manager

Tips for handling a publishing ethics case


As an editor of a journal, it’s an unfortunate fact of life that at some point you will likely have to deal with a case of suspected ethical misconduct. These tips will help guide you through the process of handling such cases.
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January 25, 2016 | Graham Walton Assistant Director (Academic and User Services), Library, and Honorary Research Fellow, Centre for Information Management, Loughborough University, U.K.

Digital research practices: the real user experience


As a journal editor you want your journal to be read, but in a world of ever growing resources, available at the click of a mouse or the tap of a screen, how do researchers get to the information they need, and how can this experience be improved?
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January 12, 2016 | Elaine Devine Senior Communications Manager (Author Relations)

Developing the Conversazione on the issues and challenges facing today’s early career researchers

How to ‘publish and thrive’?


An evening of lively discussion heralded the second ‘Conversazione’, on early career researchers and the issues and challenges they face as they look to become published authors, build their reputations and, in turn, careers. Follow the discussion and share your experiences – we want to hear from you.
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January 7, 2016 | Vicky Gardner Director of Open Access

Public access in the U.S. - Taylor & Francis joins CHORUS


Taylor & Francis has joined CHORUS, a publisher-led initiative aimed at ensuring compliance with U.S. public access mandates. Find out more about what CHORUS is, and how it’s making it easy for U.S. based researchers to comply with public access policies.
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December 30, 2015 | Virginia Barbour, Committee of Publication Ethics Chair

COPE and publication ethics

Where have we come from and what’s next?


What’s next for the Committee of Publication Ethics (COPE)? We spoke to Virginia Barbour, COPE Chair, to find out.
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December 10, 2015 | Professor Jacqueline Stevenson Head of Research, Sheffield Institute of Education, Sheffield Hallam University

The importance of training in peer review


I have been peer-reviewing academic papers for journals for more than a decade. I pride myself on being a reliable and supportive reviewer: I take time to read and make notes on any paper I am reviewing and then write a review which will, I hope, be comprehensive enough to offer the author requisite advice.…

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December 8, 2015 | Vicky Gardner Director of Open Access

Conversations around open access: the OA Conversazione


This year, the illustrious Cosmos Club (whose members have included Carl Sagan, Theodore Roosevelt, and Rudyard Kipling) was the setting for the Taylor & Francis inaugural Conversazione. Funders, policymakers, society heads, industry figures, and Taylor & Francis representatives gathered together for an evening of discussion around public access and open access. Read what was discussed, and find out what the take-home messages from the event were.
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December 4, 2015 | Claire Doffegnies Journals Development Coordinator

What are Taylor & Francis Editor Round Tables all about?

Watch highlights from the U.K. Editor Round Tables to get a flavor of the events


Watch our highlights video to revisit discussion from our UK Editor Round Tables and meet our editors as they tell us more about the events, and shed light on the role of a Taylor & Francis journal editor.
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December 3, 2015 | Claire Doffegnies Journals Development Coordinator

Top takeaways from our 2015 UK Editor Round Tables


This year, journal editors from a range of disciplines joined us at St Hugh’s College, Oxford on 23 October, and The Lowry, Manchester on 6 November for lively conversation around the theme of ‘staying ahead of the curve’ in today’s fast paced publishing industry. Read on to find out what we discussed and what our editors took away from the events.
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November 30, 2015 | Elaine Devine Communications Manager

Ethics in peer review – the reality for researchers


Ethical issues in peer review, whether gender bias, competitor delays, seniority bias, false identities, review ‘rings’, or a number of other issues, have gained much coverage in the media, on social media and on blog sites in the last twelve months. But are ethical issues in peer review as widespread as they seem? We asked researchers from across the sciences, social sciences, humanities and medicine, who had experience of publishing in a number of peer reviewed journals (with both Taylor & Francis and other publishers), to tell us about their perception of the prevalence of ethical issues in peer review.
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November 27, 2015 | Rachael Lammey Product Manager, CrossRef

Getting to grips with Crossref Similarity Check


CrossCheck, designed to help publishers, journal editors and publishing staff actively engage in efforts to prevent plagiarism, was launched in 2008. Read on to find out more about the service and how it could benefit you and your journal.
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November 17, 2015 | Cait Morgan, Assistant Editor for Child Care in Practice

How I use Author Services and Editor Resources


As assistant editor of a multi-disciplinary journal I am faced with many weird and wonderful questions from authors, reviewers, and fellow editors. Here are some ways in which I use the information on Taylor & Francis’ Author Services and Editor Resources in my day-to-day work.
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November 16, 2015 | Amanda Ashworth Publisher

Veto on the use of null hypothesis testing and p intervals: right or wrong?


It’s a brave editor who takes a decision to change accepted practice for submissions and peer review, particularly when he knows that his reasoning is controversial, that there are strong opposing views, and that the reaction from the scholarly community is likely to be highly polarized – and very vocal. But that didn’t stop Dr. David Trafimow, editor of Basic and Applied Social Psychology, from announcing in an editorial in the first issue of 2015 that the journal will cease accepting papers that relied on certain statistical methods – especially the null hypothesis significance testing procedure – with immediate effect. Because of the huge amount of attention the editorial has received, we’ve invited Dr. Trafimow and respected colleagues to reflect on the reaction to his editorial and what the ban may mean for future scholarly research.
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November 16, 2015 | Leila Jones Publishing Manager

Submitting an article or managing the peer review process? Think. Check. Submit. to avoid publication fraud


As a researcher, how do you evaluate whether the journal you’re about to send your work to is a legitimate, trusted resource? As a journal editor, how can you reassure potential authors that your publication is a respected, reputable journal? The answer could lie in “Think. Check. Submit.”, a new initiative, launched by a coalition of publishers and industry organizations, which provides tools for researchers to make the process of choosing the right journal for their work clearer.
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November 12, 2015 | Suzannah Downie Peer Review Coordinator

Data falsification and fabrication


How do you proceed when the integrity of the data in a paper has been questioned? Read on to find out more about data falsification and fabrication, including what to do if allegations are received.
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November 3, 2015 | Claire Doffegnies Journals Development Coordinator

Staying ahead of the curve at our Oxford Editor Round Table


In today’s fast paced publishing industry, the question of how we can stay ahead of the curve is becoming increasingly important to researchers, publishers and journal editors alike. We decided to dedicate our UK Editor Round Tables to exploring this very question. On 23 October, editors along with representatives from Altmetric and Sense about Science took to St Hugh’s College, Oxford for lively discussion around this topic. We collected insights into a Storify - read tips and insights from the day, and stay tuned to @tandfeditors #tandfeditors for live updates from our next UK Editor Round Table at The Lowry, Salford Quays, on 6 November, 2015.
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October 27, 2015 | Elaine Devine Communications Manager, Taylor & Francis

Taking peer review’s pulse: read ‘Peer review in 2015: a global view’

The view from journal authors, reviewers and editors on peer review


What do journal authors, reviewers and editors think of the system still very much at the heart of scholarly communication? Read one of the largest research studies into peer review in recent years, as we launch ‘Peer review in 2015: a global view’.
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October 14, 2015 | Claire Doffegnies Journals Development Coordinator

Counting down to our UK Editor Round Tables


Friday 23 October will see many of our journal editors gather at St Hugh’s College in Oxford for the first of this year’s UK Editor Round Tables. Two weeks later on 6 November, we’ll be heading further north, to The Lowry at Salford Quays, to deliver the same packed program around the theme of ‘stay ahead of the curve’. The count-down begins now, and we look forward to seeing many of you there!
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October 14, 2015 | Jonathan Patience Managing Editor

Shedding light on the Sunshine Act


Those of you involved in medical publications may be aware of the 2010 Physician Payments Sunshine Act, enacted to increase transparency of financial relationships between certain licensed U.S. healthcare providers and pharmaceutical manufacturers. While undoubtedly important, it has caused some confusion among authors of medical publications, and sparked some controversy. Read on for an overview of the act, and to find out how it affects editors and authors.
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October 9, 2015 | Helen Talbot, Editorial Systems Coordinator

Release news: Editorial Manager 12.1


Editorial Manager 12.1 has arrived and boasts some great new features designed to make the editorial process easier, faster, and more flexible. Read on to find out more.
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October 7, 2015 | Siobhan Aldridge Editorial Systems Coordinator

New author submission interface for ScholarOne


Taylor & Francis are pleased to announce that this October we will be upgrading all of our ScholarOne sites with a new, streamlined author submission interface. This new interface has been extensively tested in beta testing by Taylor & Francis’ Electronic Editorial Systems team, and has been welcomed as an update to the current user interface. Read on to find out more.
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October 1, 2015 | Ray Tellis, Open Access Publishing Editor

Highlights from the 7th Conference on Open Access Scholarly Publishing


On the 15 – 17 September, a very rainy Amsterdam played host to the 7th Conference on Open Access Scholarly Publishing (COASP), organized by the Open Access Scholarly Publisher’s Association (OASPA). It presented an opportunity to hear the latest in open access from speakers in academia, publishing, industry groups, charities, and government research funding.
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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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September 22, 2015 | Elaine Devine, Communications Manager (Author Relations)

Author Services: new look, new support for every researcher

Why we’re relaunching our online support for authors


We’ve spent time listening to researchers at all stages of their careers, from those taking their first steps following the completion of their Ph.D., to those with many years’ experience of academia, and across all disciplines. We’ve taken that feedback and turned it into a new-look Author Services, offering support for authors at every stage of the publishing process. Find out how it can benefit your work as a journal editor.
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September 18, 2015 | Claire Doffegnies Journals Development Coordinator

UK Editor Round Tables – what’s in store?

Check out the agenda and meet our guest speakers


We’re excited to share with you the agenda for our upcoming Editor Round Tables, taking place this autumn in Oxford at St Hugh’s College, on Friday 23 October, and Salford Quays, Manchester, at The Lowry on Friday 6 November. Read on to find out what’s in store, and to meet our guest speakers.
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September 14, 2015 | Paul Naish Publisher

“Father” of the impact factor examines the metric in a new article


Eugene Garfield is widely known as the “father” of the impact factor. He first suggested the concept of an impact factor in 1955, and he jointly created them in the early 1960s, along with Irving H. Sher. The use and value of impact factors is controversial for a number of reasons; however their importance is not in doubt, and they remain a key metric in journal publishing today.
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September 7, 2015 | Leila Jones Publishing Manager – Journal Development

What to remember when writing a review


Our popular reviewer guidelines were created to support our valued peer reviewers and ensure they have all the information they need to write an effective review. Drawing on these and other scholars’ ideas, we’ve come up with some of the most important things to remember when writing a review of a journal submission. Whether you are a seasoned reviewer, or just getting started, we hope you find these guidelines and suggestions helpful.
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August 24, 2015 | Elizabeth Allen Ph.D. student, King's College, London

The next generation of peer reviewers

Getting them involved in the discussion


Who’s the next generation of peer reviewers? Read on to find out why you should be encouraging the early-career researchers you work with to attend the latest Sense about Science workshop (and why we’re supporting them).
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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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August 19, 2015 | Claire Doffegnies Journals Development Coordinator

Reading our author survey: the role of the journal editor


At Taylor & Francis, we aim for every author to have a positive experience of publishing with us, from the moment they submit their paper, through peer review, production, and into post-publication and marketing. But how do we check this? One of the ways is via our author survey, sent out to all authors as soon as their article has been published on Taylor & Francis Online. One area that regularly stands out in survey results is the role that journal editors play in helping authors as they move from paper to published article. Read some of the recent comments taken from the survey.
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August 4, 2015 | Zita Balogh Head of Marketing Cogent OA

Cogent OA is bringing open access to all disciplines


Cogent OA is an open-access publisher that boosts research impact by connecting peer-reviewed academic research across all disciplines. Our Intersections feature highlights relevant articles to audiences in adjacent fields of scientific, medical, and social science research. This makes the article accessible to a much wider audience and helps authors make new collaborations.
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July 30, 2015 | Claire Doffegnies Journals Development Coordinator

Have you checked your inbox? Don’t miss your invite to the U.K. Taylor & Francis Editor Round Table


At Taylor & Francis we run regular Round Tables (forums) for our journal editors around the world. For each event, a topical theme is chosen as the focus of discussion, making for an exciting and useful day based on important and current issues in academic journal publishing. Read on to find out more about our Editor Round Tables, what these events have to offer, and why, if you are a U.K.-based editor, you should register for one of the events taking place later this year.
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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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