For Editors

Welcome to the Editors page. An active, highly qualified, and widely respected Editorial Board is the backbone of any successful journal. This page includes all the necessary information we think you might need to understand the selection of editors, their role, and responsibilities from being peer reviewers, journal ambassadors, editorial strategy advisors, finding reviewers to promoting journals.

Editor-in-Chief - This is the most senior and cornerstone position within the scientific community and journal. As EiC sets the tone of the editorial policies, ensures consistency in the quality, and takes final decisions for all publication-oriented issues. EiC heavily relies on the Editorial board from policymaking to select the manuscript and maintain high standards for the journal. The initial term for the Editor-in-Chief position is two years but can be renewed by mutual agreement. It is an honorary position. His/her primary responsibilities usually include but not limited to:

  • Determine the journal's scope and ensuring the consistency of topics by instructing editorial staff and mapping out relevant content.
  • Inviting distinguished scientists to join the Editorial Board
  • Hiring and leading the editorial team
  • Directing the overall strategy of the journal and developing publishing guidelines
  • Overview of the editorial process for individual manuscripts (mainly by making the final decision regarding whether or not a paper can be published after peer-review and revisions).
  • Act as a face of the journal by becoming an ambassador - representing it in conferences, social events, and other media platforms.
  • Writing editorials periodically could serve as a prologue to the issue's content.
  • Call and chair periodic meetings of the Editorial Board.
  • Monitor the available statistics for the journal on items such as; approval rate, rate of papers under review, and backlog.

Editorial Board - Editorial board or advisory board is the mainstay of the journal. The quality of a journal is judged by its editorial board members and the academic credentials of its editorial board. So, their intellectual and scientific credentials are vital. Moreover, these members are mostly eminent people from the field within the scope of the journal. Therefore, the editor heavily relies on the board members to maintain the quality of the journal.

Aside from providing prestige, the role of the editorial board is to advise and support the editor. Their responsibility includes:
  • Identifying new topics for commissions, special editions and advising on the direction for the journal - giving feedback on past issues and making suggestions for both subject matter and potential authors
  • Provide content by writing occasional editorials and other short articles
  • Approaching potential contributors
  • Peer review also help to identify peer reviewers and provide second opinions on papers (i.e., there is a conflict between reviewers). Their reviewing and decision of submitted manuscripts ensure a sustainable and timely flow of publication.
  • We encourage the editorial board members to introduce the journal while attending the national and international conferences. Members can do this in several ways:
    • Place marketing material on display tables and poster boards
    • Prepare a small presentation about the journal and share it with the other participants and colleagues
    • Set up meetings with individuals or groups of researchers to discuss the benefits of publishing in the journal
    • If you are a speaker at a conference, display a promotional slide tailored to the journal at the end of your presentation.
  • Endorse the journal to authors, readers, and subscribers and encourage colleagues to submit their best work.
  • Attending periodic Editorial Board Meetings to ensure and discuss the journal's progress.
  • Developing a way to keep the journal vital, lively, and useful to subscribers.
Web editor - Prepare accepted manuscripts for publication on the web, improve the readability and visual layout of manuscripts, observe/manage search engine optimization of the document, insert images to make writing more interactive and engaging, and ensure compliance with the copyright or privacy regulations. In addition, web editors may schedule posts according to the site's publication schedule and oversee the editorial calendar for the site.

Manuscript editor - All manuscripts submitted via Online Submission System routinely undergo initial screening by one of the Manuscript Editors before scientific review. Manuscripts that failed to qualify for this initial evaluation will be rejected without scientific review.

During the initial evaluation, the Manuscript Editor will check:

  • The Scope of the article,
  • The format of the submitted manuscript includes internal consistency as per the journal's guidelines for things like an abbreviation, chart, tables, footnotes, page numbers, etc.
  • Originality, and plagiarism check by searching Title words or the keywords of the manuscript with the help of ASCI Database, PubMed, Asian Digital Library, Google Scholar, and other available databases.
  • Searching the web for similar-looking titles or abstracts to screen similarities.
  • Cross check the references mentioned in the text and in the list of references.

Academic Editor - Is a highly engaged and active representative of the journal, who strives to:

  • Ensure swift and timely flow of manuscript through the editorial process
  • Respond to manuscript invitations
  • Provide technical assistance and time-sensitive guidance to authors, reviewers, and editors to assure seamless communication.
  • Present regular reports to the managing editor
  • Support the Editor in Chief and Managing Editor
  • Establish and maintain effective and congenial working relationships with Editors, authors, and reviewers.

Editorial Staff - Editorial office includes Journal Managers and Coordinators who are the primary contacts for Editor-in-Chief. With the help of the team, the managers support the editors in using the platform to ensure stewardship and growth of the journal. His/her primary tasks usually includes but not limited to:

  • Develop good working relationships with their colleagues and assist them in their editorial office duties.
  • Coordinate the peer review process and assist authors, editors, and reviewers.
  • Check and ensure that all submitted and published manuscripts are fit for peer-review and adhere to established latest ethical guidelines.

Recruiting the board members
Publication Committee invites high profile and energetic scientists whose technical specialty fall within the journal's scope to join the editorial board and contribute to the development of the journal. Publication number and academic aptitude are the top factors for editorial board membership. In addition, editorial board members must be peers whose judgment is highly regarded within the journal's main discipline or their decisions may not be considered as valid.

Editorial board meetings (Virtual)

The journal will organize a virtual editorial board meeting at least once a year to brief on issues, take questions, gain ideas/feedback for policies and upcoming journal editions. On the directive of the EiC, the Editorial Office contacts the editorial board members to decide the date and time of the board meeting.We believe meeting with the board members is a keyway of networking and strengthening the relationship with the editorial board.

Interested in joining the Editorial Board? Send your CV with a complete list of publications to editor@acecollege.edu.pk