Role and Responsibilities of Editorial Board Member



Nature of role 

This is a voluntary position, and there is no remuneration/royalty related to the post in any circumstances. 


Purpose of role 

The role of the Editorial Board is to advise and support the Editor, who has responsibility for the content of the journal. 



We expect that you will: 

Review papers for the Editor (two paper in an year) 

Provide second opinions on papers (e.g. where reviews are incomplete or rejection of a commissioned article has been recommended) 

Help identify suitable reviewers.

Possibly oversee the review process for several papers in a particular stream– choosing reviewers and contributing to the final publication decision. 


Contributing content

Board members should: 

Consider the journal first for your own educational articles. 

Contribute: Articles, Editorials, Short pieces, Correspondence etc. 

Contribute ideas for commissions – making suggestions for both subject matter and potential authors. 

Help as required in approaching potential contributors. 

Acting as an ambassador for the journal 

Board members should help promote the journal to authors, readers and subscribers, and should encourage colleagues to submit their best work to us. They should help to ensure the journal is well used by local faculty, journal clubs etc., and that subscriptions held by local faculty libraries are maintained. 


Providing input into strategy

The Board should provide advice on a range of subjects, for example: 

Feedback on past issues. 

Future direction for the journal. 

Subject-specific expertise (e.g. research progress in your particular community, new areas to look at, important conferences at which the journal should be promoted) 

Competitor comparisons 

Ideas and innovations 

Policy developments. 

 Financial and commercial aspects of the journals are the responsibility of the Publications Management Board, but Editorial Board members are expected to maintain an awareness of financial implications of editorial decisions. 


Specific areas of responsibility 

Some Board members may be asked to take responsibility for a specific part or aspect of the journal. 



The Editorial Board member will work closely with the Editor of the Journal and Board members with sub-editorial roles. 

 Other contacts may include the Director of Publications and Website, the Head of Publications, and the Staff Editors. 


Term of office 

The term of office will be two years in the first instance, subject to review by the Editor of the Journal.



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