October 21, 2014 | Lindsay Allen, Publisher, Engineering, Computer Science, and Technology & Claire Doffegnies, Journals Development Coordinator

“Stay ahead of the curve! – editors, authors, readers.”

U.S. editors’ round tables

Journal editors and Taylor & Francis staff gathered in New York (September 30) and Chicago (October 2) to discuss the latest developments in journal publishing at the U.S. editor round tables. The chosen theme was “Stay ahead of the curve! – editors, authors, readers.”  Global Publishing Director, Dr. David Green, opened the day’s proceedings.

In his presentation with U.S.-based Publisher Jessica MacDonald on “Quality, impact, engagement and reputation in journals publishing,” changes, development, and challenges were discussed, as well as tips for staying nimble and educated to anticipate the needs of the audience. The presenters covered the importance of listening to customers and publishing partners to stay connected to the market. The importance of the author was emphasized by Dr. Green as he noted, “Editors need to be author-centric to get quality content.”

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You can never communicate enough with authors

- Dr. David Green (@ZenPublisher) September 30, 2014

Next up was Research Manager, James Hardcastle, discussing “The use and abuse of metrics and altmetrics.” James shared a quote commonly attributed to Einstein: “Not everything that can be counted counts, and not everything that counts can be counted.” For example, the Impact Factor may be a tool for journal measurement – but not necessarily right for evaluating individual researchers.


Library Communications Manager, Elyse Profera, followed with insights into marketing and metrics and how these can be used for maximum impact. These themes were then picked up in a panel discussion around “Social media and metrics: editors’ and authors’ view”. The panel covered digital trends, discoverability, and how authors can utilize social media channels to promote their work. James Hardcastle hosted the panel, which consisted of Jenna Jacobson, social media researcher at University of Toronto, as well as editors Max Houck in New York and Zizi Papacharissi in Chicago.


Thanks to internet, "publish or perish" is passé. Now it's: Be visible or vanish. Be discoverable or die. Be cited or suffer.

- Stephen Schwartz (@Schwartz) October 2, 2014

Julie Sutton, a Senior eProducts Manager at Taylor & Francis, presented on “Digital trends: what’s new in journals publishing” and shared a number of Taylor & Francis Online developments and features. She covered search & browse functionality, content recommendations, evaluation features, data, access and tools for editors, authors, and readers. She pointed out the My Authored Works section of the website that authors should use to have quick access to all of their articles and share links to their work with up to 50 individuals.

Later, Editorial Director Rohays Perry discussed the future of peer review, exploring potential threats to and opportunities in the current system. She outlined current views and considered the pros and cons: “Researchers like that peer review leads to improvement in quality, even if their articles are rejected…” Other aspects of peer review are less popular.

Rohays shed some light on why only one-third of researchers think that peer review is the best we can do and addressed the variety of additions and alternatives to peer review.

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Peer review is not a one size fits all model – there is no 1 right way to #peerreview

- T&F Newsroom (@tandfnewsroom) September 30, 2014

Challenges surrounding peer review continued through into a second panel session, which marked the final event of the day. Panelists included Adam Etkin, Founder/Managing Director of Peer Review Evaluation (PRE), a service designed to support, confirm, and strengthen the peer-review process. Editors Tee Guidotti, Peter McMurry, Sandy Roe, and Jerry Sweet also shared their thoughts on peer review through engaging presentations.

We would like to thank all the speakers and attendees for sharing their experience and advice.

Find out more about the U.S. editors’ round tables by viewing a Storify of the events. 

Published: October 21, 2014 | Author: Lindsay Allen, Publisher, Engineering, Computer Science, and Technology & Claire Doffegnies, Journals Development Coordinator | Category: Front page, News and ideas | Tagged with: