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Editorial Board Roles for Perspectives of the ASHA Special Interest Groups

Editor-in-Chief

The editor-in-chief is responsible for broad oversight of the journal, including performance of the Editorial Board, and serves as an ex officio member of the ASHA Journals Board. Editors-in-chief are appointed by the ASHA Journals Board.

Main Duties

  • Supports the editor to recruit content, including special topic collections, forums, and individual articles
  • Monitors performance (e.g., timeliness and calibration) of editors and editorial board members
  • Handles disputes and ethical issues
  • Advises the ASHA Journals Board on policy considerations

Qualifications

Individuals appointed to this role must have substantial experience in reviewing and editing manuscripts, in addition to a strong reputation for research. Further, as noted in the Council of Science Editors White Paper on Integrity in Scientific Journal Publications, the editor-in-chief is expected to be “skilled in the arts of writing, editing, critical assessment, negotiation, and diplomacy.” Editors-in-chief are provided an annual honorarium of $5,000. Additional Requirements:

  • Must be an affiliate of a Special Interest Group and have ASHA membership (ASHA certification is not required)
  • 3-year term of service

Editor

On the basis of structured reviews from committed editorial board members and through their own assessment of a submission’s merits and potential significance, editors render final decisions on manuscripts, typically handling 15 to 18 submissions per year.

Main Duties

  • Recruits content, including special content collections, forums, and individual articles, with the support of the EIC
  • Assigns submitted manuscripts to editorial board members for review
  • Monitors the peer-review process to ensure timeliness, thoroughness, and civility
  • Consults on knowledge translation and content enrichment opportunities

Qualifications

Editors should have demonstrated competence, a history of publications, and an established reputation in the research specialty (or specialties) to which they are assigned. In addition, editors should have substantial experience in reviewing manuscripts and extensive background in considerations related to the conduct and reporting of research. Editors are provided an annual honorarium of $1,000. Additional Requirements:

  • Must be an affiliate of the Special Interest Group and an ASHA member
  • 3-year term of service preferred

Editorial Board Member (EBM)

Editorial board members are individuals who commit in advance to provide peer reviews for a Special Interest Group. In our appreciation of that commitment, editorial board members are formally acknowledged on the masthead of Perspectives. Service is typically provided to a single editor/SIG, though an EBM may choose to review for a number of SIGs.

Main Duties

  • Provide structured and timely peer reviews of manuscript submissions over the course of 1 year
  • Provide peer reviews in a timely fashion and meeting or exceeding expectations for quality and tone

Qualifications

Editorial board members should possess a high degree of expertise in their specialty (or specialties), have experience with reviewing manuscripts, and be committed to participating in the process of providing timely, high-quality reviews for the journal on which they serve. Additional Requirements:

  • Note: ASHA membership or certification not required
  • Calendar-year availability for timely reviews