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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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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 to improve support offered to scholarly communities in China. Our latest Editor Resources newsletter takes you through some of these exciting digital developments.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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?
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.
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.
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.
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.
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 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 “” even though the actual domain of the sending server is something else, such as “”. 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.
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.
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.
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?
May 4, 2016 | Elaine Devine Senior Communications Manager (Author Relations)

Supporting researchers in China and beyond with the launch of

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.
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.
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...
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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?
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.
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?
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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?
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.