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Peer Review and Manuscript Management in Scientific Journals: Guidelines for Good Practice / Edition 1

Peer Review and Manuscript Management in Scientific Journals: Guidelines for Good Practice / Edition 1

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Peer Review and Manuscript Management in Scientific Journals: Guidelines for Good Practice / Edition 1

This comprehensive yet concise book provides a thorough andcomplete guide to every aspect of managing the peer review processfor scientific journals. Until now, little information has beenreadily available on how this important facet of the journalpublishing process should be conducted properly. Peer Review andManuscript Management in Scientific Journals fills this gap andprovides clear guidance on all aspects of peer review, frommanuscript submission to final decision.

Peer Review and Manuscript Management in ScientificJournals is an essential reference for science journal editors,editorial office staff and publishers. It is an invaluable handbookfor the set-up of new Editorial Offices, as well as a usefulreference for well-established journals which may need guidance ona particular situation, or may want to review their currentpractices. Although intended primarily for journals in science,much of its content will be relevant to other scholarly areas.


• This wonderful work by Dr. Hames can be used as a textbook incourses for both experienced and novice editors, and I trust thatit is what Dr. Hames intended when she prepared this beautifulbook. Every scientific editor should read it.? Journal ofEducational Evaluation for Health Professionals, 2008


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Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781405131599
Publisher: Wiley
Publication date: 04/28/2007
Pages: 306
Product dimensions: 6.75(w) x 9.70(h) x 0.65(d)

About the Author

Irene Hames moved from cell biology research into scientific publishing and worked for many years on scholarly journals. She was the founding managing editor of a large international science journal for 20 years, running the editorial office and managing the peer-review process. She now works as an independent editorial consultant. She is frequently called upon to give talks and advise on editorial issues and has been a member of a number of working parties on peer review.

Table of Contents



1. Introduction.

What should peer review do?.

What does peer review assume?.

What is this book trying to achieve?.

2. The peer-review process – how to get going.

The basic process.

The people involved in running the peer-review process.

Office organization.

Choice of system and procedures.

3. Manuscript submission and initial checks on completenessand suitability.

Submission guidance to authors.

Checking and logging of submitted manuscripts.

Transfer to editor.

Initial assessment of suitability and rejection without externalreview.

Manuscripts with language problems.

4. The full review process.

Identifying and selecting appropriate reviewers.

Finding reviewers.

Getting the manuscript and associated material to thereviewers.

Monitoring review progress.

Receiving and checking of returned reviews.

Back-to-back manuscripts.

Dealing with enquiries on manuscript status.

5. The decision-making process for reviewedmanuscripts.

The organizational structure for decision making.

The decision-making process.

Checks to be made before communicating decisions to authors.

Communicating the decision to the authors.

Rebuttals and appeals from authors.

Dealing with revisions.

Dealing with resubmissions.


Decision making to consistent standards and the problem ofavailability of space.

Special considerations in decision making: dual-use research andthe possible misuse of information.

6. Moving to online submission and review.

How do you choose an online system?.

How to prepare to move to online working.

The launch and transition period.

What to expect after going live online.

Problems that may be encountered and how to deal with them.

A final note.

7. Reviewers – a precious resource.

Thanks and feedback to reviewers.

Reviewer training.

Ways to recompense reviewers.

How to develop and maintain reviewer loyalty.

Recognition of peer review as an accredited professionalactivity.

8. The obligations and responsibilities of the peopleinvolved in peer review.

Authors – their obligations and responsibilities.

Editors – their obligations and responsibilities.

Reviewers – their obligations and responsibilities.

Editorial office staff – their obligations andresponsibilities.

Conflicts of interest – what they are and how to deal withthem.

Moral dilemmas.

9. Misconduct in scientific research and publishing –what it is and how to deal with it.

What types of misconduct can occur?.

How should cases of alleged or suspected misconduct behandled?.

Where can you turn for help?.

What sanctions can be imposed as a penalty for misconduct?.

Correcting the literature.

Dubious or fraudulent data remaining in the literature.

The future.

Appendix I The Golden Rules and the Peer-Review Good PracticeChecklist.

Appendix II Examples of checklists, forms, guidance forreviewers and editorial letters.

Appendix III Useful websites.

Appendix IV Alternative models of peer review.


What People are Saying About This

From the Publisher

“A godsend to the rookie editor taking the driving seat forthe first time and feeling understandably daunted by theresponsibility. Statements like ‘no editorial office shouldbe without it’, ‘an essential resource’ or‘indispensable’ unfortunately sound like clichés.In the case of this book, however, they are all true. In fact, Ithink I will need a second copy for when one of my colleaguespinches this one!”
–Stuart Taylor (Head of Publishing, The Royal Society),Book Review in Learned Publishing

“In the midst of the often overheated current debatesabout the effectiveness of peer review in science publishing, thisbook is an oasis of calm. I know no better guide for editors andscientists on how to get the very best out of the peer reviewsystem.”
Andrew Sugden, International Managing Editor,Science

"The development of editorial office best practices, couchedwithin an understanding of the fundamental principles of peerreview, has been neglected for too long. With the publication ofthis book, light has been shone on a dark corner of publishing.Only now is the industry beginning to address the somewhat amateurstatus of most editorial offices and an associated dearth oftraining opportunities. This book represents an excellent attemptat providing a procedural grounding in efficient manuscriptmanagement, while offering context for these fundamentaladministrative principles. It is no overstatement to suggest thisbook will act as a catalyst to introduce greater professionalismalongside definitive operational theories to the typical journaleditorial office. Editorial office staff, both new and experiencedalike, will find this book invaluable."
Jason Roberts, PhD, President, International Society ofManaging and Technical Editors

“This highly practical book… will undoubtedly becomethe 'bible' of peer review, not only for those working in thesciences but also for those in the arts and humanities. No editoror publisher should be without it.”
–Robert Campbell, Wiley-Blackwell and Sally Morris,Association of Learned and Professional Society Publishers

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