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, and Vivanta by Taj, Hyderabad on 9 March for lively conversation around the theme ofIndian Authors in the Global Arena’.

Both days started off with a welcome address by Nitasha Devasar, Managing Director, Taylor & Francis, India. She outlined the South Asia Journals Programme at Taylor & Francis, and introduced the panel seated on the dais, including Dr. David Green, Publishing Director – International, Gerald Dorey, Associate Editorial Director, and Dr. Colin Bulpitt, Publisher, Physical Sciences. In Hyderabad, we were joined by guest speaker, Dr. Ajaya Kumar Sahoo, Editor, South Asian Diaspora.


‘Sharing in Success! Indian Authors in the Global Arena

Dr. David Green presented on ‘Sharing in Success! Indian Authors in the Global Arena’. He spoke about the increasingly complex world of academic journal publishing, where people often perform multiple roles such as author, researcher, editor, and reviewer. Dr. Green stressed that quality is key. He encouraged Indian authors to concentrate on visibility, outreach, impact and public engagement by collaborating on research with the international academic community.

1. 'Sharing in Success!' at the Banglore Roundtable

Digital trends and developments 

Next up, Gerald Dorey, Associate Editorial Director at Taylor & Francis, presented on digital trends and developments. He charted India’s research output, comparing it with data from BRICS (Brazil, Russia, India, China and South Africa), Asia-Pacific, and the rest of the world. He talked about the research from the top institutions in the areas of STM (Science, Technology and Medicine) and SSH (Social Sciences and Humanities) in India. The fact that this showed a relatively lower research output from India in SSH stimulated discussion amongst members of the audience around the possible reasons for this.

 Bangalore Roundtable

Making your research have impact

The next presentation, ‘Making your research have impact’ was delivered by Anindita Pandey. She outlined the various platforms and social media networks available that can allow authors to connect with audiences outside of their academic communities. She also discussed tools such as Altmetrics (available on all journals on Taylor & Francis Online, for articles published since 2012) which can enable editors and authors to measure the social impact of research, and target the right kind of audience for their papers.

Anindita also informed the audience about various innovative means of promoting articles, such as cartoon abstracts, which can be used to communicate complex scientific research in an accessible way.

The importance of publishing ethics 

Next, Dr. Colin Bulpitt presented on publishing ethics. He defined common ethical issues such as plagiarism, self-plagiarism, data fabrication, and ‘salami-slicing’. Following this, he described the processes and procedures that Taylor & Francis follows to keep plagiarism and other academic malpractices in check. He outlined the ‘Think-Check-Submit’ campaign, an initiative that aims to help guide authors to submit papers to genuine journals.

Insights from a journal editor 

At the Hyderabad roundtable, we were joined by guest speaker, Dr. Ajaya Kumar Sahoo, who shared insights and experiences of being a Taylor & Francis journal editor. He talked about how the journal has grown and developed over the last seven years, and illustrated the global nature of the journal by showing the increase in international submissions that the journal has seen recently.

What did attendees think?

The roundtables received an outstanding reception, with over one hundred participants attending each of the events.

 ‘I would like to thank the Taylor & Francis Group for the opportunity to take part in the roundtable convention held at Bangalore. We found the meeting very fruitful and it gave us many insights into the STM publishing scenario.’

Maheshchandra, Deputy Executive Secretary, Indian Academy of Sciences

Read a blog post about the event by attendee, Professor Jhilam Chattaraj here.

Find out more

At Taylor & Francis we run regular round tables for our editors around the world. These events provide journal editors with opportunities to network with fellow editors, learn about the latest developments and initiatives at Taylor & Francis, and discuss all things journal publishing. As the publisher, these round tables provide us with the occasion to meet with a number of our valued journal editors and to strengthen partnerships in key regions.

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

We will be running more events like this next year, so be sure to check Editor Resources for the latest news and updates.

Published: April 6, 2016 | Author: Robinson Raju, Publishing Editor | Category: Front page, News and ideas |