December 3, 2015 | Claire Doffegnies, Journals Development Coordinator

Top takeaways from our 2015 UK Editor Round Tables


To set the scene: journal editors from across the subject disciplines gathered together at St Hugh’s College Oxford on 23 October, and at The Lowry on 6 November to consider ‘staying ahead of the curve’ in today’s fast paced publishing industry. Editors networked with fellow editors over tea and coffee, and then Leila Jones, Publishing Manager, and Leon Heward-Mills, Global Journals Publishing Director opened the day’s proceedings. Read on to find out what we discussed.

Editor Resources – be part of it

Leila Jones reminded editors of our Taylor & Francis Editor Resources website – an online community and resource hub for editors, with lots of useful information on an array of topics relevant to the role; from transition planning, twitter tips for editors and reviewer guidelines, to the role of the editortips for optimising citations and search engine optimization techniques. If you don’t receive them already, why not sign up to our Editor Resources content alerts? They are a great way of staying ahead of the curve, with the latest tips, advice and news delivered straight to your inbox. We are always looking for editors to share their ideas and experience in Editor Resources posts, whether it’s hearing about your Twitter adventures, or how you recruit and retain referees. Do get in touch if you’d be interested in writing for us.

Digital developments at Taylor & Francis

At Taylor & Francis are always looking at ways to enhance our digital platforms to improve the user experience for editors, authors and readers. Phil Reimann, Digital Products Manager, revealed some of the key digital developments underway at Taylor & Francis. Innovative technology such as JournalMap allows users to browse and filter to discover Taylor & Francis journal articles that have been added to the map, based on the geographical locations and information in the article. Phil demonstrated how Figshare is used on Taylor & Francis Online to make supplemental material discoverable and beautiful. Another popular initiative has been ‘comic abstracts’, directing users to research in a new and novel way – see an example below.

Phil also spoke about publication dashboards, the Author Services redesign (which you should definitely check out if you haven’t already), and improved discoverability for Open articles.

You can view Phil Reimann’s presentation on ‘Digital Trends’ here.

Add ‘Peer Review in 2015: a global view’ to your reading list

The Taylor & Francis Peer Review White Paper - the result of one of the largest research projects into peer review in recent years -  is a must read for journal editors. What do researchers really think about the process of peer review, its timeframes, and the realities of submission? How is the daily experience matching up to expectations across disciplines? Do researchers still continue to value peer review, and how comfortable (or not) are they with different peer-review models? ‘Peer review in 2015: a global view’ seeks to answer all this and more, gathering views from those who author research articles, those who review them, and you, the journal editors who oversee the process. It’s an essential read for any journal editor looking to find out more about how peer review looks in 2015 and beyond.

Elaine Devine, Communications Manager and Will Frass, Research Executive talked through the survey results that underpin the white paper – you can view their presentation ‘Attitudes to, and opinions on, peer review: the Taylor & Francis white paper’ in full here.

Getting others involved in the peer review discussion

At Taylor & Francis we believe that peer review matters and that, despite its criticisms, it is essential for evaluating the quality, validity, and relevance of scholarly research. We support Sense about Science in getting early-career researchers involved in peer review, delivering peer review workshops and guides to help them get to grips with this fundamental process. We were delighted to have Victoria Murphy from Sense about Science join us to tell us more. Know any early-career researchers? Why not get them involved in the discussion by encouraging them to sign up to one of the peer review workshops, or by directing them to our reviewer guidelines. You can read one early-career researcher’s thoughts on the Sense about Science peer review workshop here.

View Victoria Murphy’s presentation ‘The importance of peer review: getting early-career researchers involved’ in full here.

Altmetric insight can be used to benefit your journal

Users are now engaging with journal content in a variety of ways – whether via traditional, social media, blogs, or online reference managers, and consequently new metrics are emerging. Altmetrics are examples of these, and earlier this year we partnered with Altmetric to display Altmetric ‘donuts’ on Taylor & Francis articles to give a clearer picture of how people are engaging with research articles. Altmetrics can help you understand (and help your audience understand) how research is being received and interpreted, help you identify hot topics to guide future strategy, and allow you to monitor the wider conversation and feedback on articles. See here and here for insights on how editors are currently using Altmetric to help their journals make an impact.

We were delighted to welcome Euan Adie (Founder of Altmetric) to speak at our Editor Round Table in Manchester. You can view Euan Adie’s presentation ‘Altmetric: understand your audience’ in full here.

Social media can be used to help your journal make an impact

Social media is changing the way that academics work. From article searching to teaching tools, the ecosystem of scholarly life is now increasingly dependent on the online medium for information gathering, sharing, and discussion. We invited journal editors Grant Abt, Social Media Editor of Journal of Sports Sciences, and David Galbreath, Editor-in-Chief of European Security and Defence Studies, to talk about how they are using social media. Both Grant and David demonstrated how they use social media to expand their journals' online community, and to get people talking about the research in their journals. There are a range of tools available such as Linkedin and Facebook, but both David and Grant agreed that Twitter was key.

View David Galbreath’s presentation ‘Promoting a journal through social media: an editor’s perspective’ here, and Grant Abt’s presentation ‘The role of the social media editor’ here.

If you’re an editor wanting to explore how social media can be used to benefit your journal, be sure to check out our other resources and posts including: Twitter tips for journal editors, Social media and academic life, and The role of #Twinterviews.


Insights from our editors

We spoke to a number of editors throughout the day, hear why they decided to come to the Taylor & Francis Editor Round Tables, and listen to some of their top takeaways from the events.

Graham Walton, Editor, New Review of Academic Librarianship

Read the transcript here.


Peter Miskell, Editor, Management and Organizational History

Read the transcript here.


Catherine Harper, Editor, Textile: The Journal of Cloth and Culture

Read the transcript here.


Watch our highlights video to get more of a flavor of Taylor & Francis Editor Round Table events.

Published: December 3, 2015 | Author: Claire Doffegnies, Journals Development Coordinator | Category: Front page, Managing my journal, News and ideas | Tagged with: