Recruitment of Reviewers and Editors
The main roles we offer are:
Editor-in-Chief / Chief editor/ editor: Is the head of the journal and ultimately responsible for its content and editorial processes. Supported by a wider team, the Editor-in-Chief assesses incoming submissions, makes decisions, and manages the peer review process as well as promoting the journal and representing it at conferences and other events. Together with the publishing team at IJCD, the Editor-in-Chief determines and implements the strategic direction of the journal, defining its scope, recommending new team members, and soliciting content to ensure the journal grows and develops. Previous experience in another editorial role is highly recommended and may be required before taking on the responsibilities of an Editor-in-Chief.
Associate editor, Senior editor, Section editor: Depending on the size of a journal, the Editor-in-Chief might be assisted in their editorial duties by one or more additional editors. Whether they screen incoming submissions, oversee the peer review process for certain manuscripts, make decisions, or do all the above (and more) depends on the specifics of the journal in question and the structure of its editorial team. Establishing experience as an Editorial Board member or as a keen reviewer before embarking on one of these positions will help you get up to speed quickly.
Guest editors: Usually a temporary role responsible for inviting content and/or coordinating on a specific topic of great interest to the journal. Guest editors are mostly involved with special issues which bring together several contributors all writing on the same theme. Guest editorships are ideal positions to explore and learn what it’s like to be an editor and may lead to a more permanent role on the journal’s editorial team.
Editorial Board member: Editorial Board members support the Editor-in-Chief and other editors by reviewing manuscripts, promoting the journal, advising on journal strategy and development, and generally supporting the journal wherever possible. Editorial Board member positions are a great starting point for gaining reviewing and publishing experience and testing out your interest in editorial work.
Reviewers: Reviewers evaluate article submissions to journals based on the requirements of that journal, predefined criteria, and the quality, completeness, and accuracy of the research presented. They provide feedback on the paper, suggest improvements, and make a recommendation to the editor about whether to accept, reject or request changes to the article. The ultimate decision always rests with the editor but reviewers play a significant role in determining the outcome.
Duties for Reviewers: Reviewing is a time-intensive process – writing a review report can be almost as much work as writing a manuscript! – but it is very worthwhile for the reviewer as well as for the community.
- ensure the rigorous standards of the scientific process by taking part in the peer-review system.
- uphold the integrity of the journal by identifying invalid research, and helping to maintain the quality of the journal.
- fulfill a sense of obligation to the community and their area of research.
- establish relationships with reputable colleagues and their affiliated journals, and increase their opportunities to join an Editorial Board.
- can help prevent ethical breaches by identifying plagiarism, research fraud, and other problems by dint of their familiarity with the subject area.
- reciprocate professional courtesy, as authors and reviewers are often interchangeable roles – as reviewers, researchers "repay" the same consideration they receive as authors.
- Possess a degree in a discipline related closely to the journal
- Hold a teaching or research position at a university or academic institution
- Be fluent in academic and professional English
- Have a strong interest in the scholarly journal
- The applicants should be at least a lecturer at an accredited academic institution
- The applicants are supposed to have good experiences in the specific research field
How to apply or reviewers: Typically, reviewers are invited to conduct a review by a journal editor. Editors usually select researchers that are experts in the same subject area as the paper. However, if you think you would be a good referee for a specific journal you can volunteer to review our Journal by promoting yourself as a reviewer.