JHND announced the new Editorial Board last week. For everyone on the outside of the journal, the significance of this might be a little obscure, so it is important to explain what the EB actually do.
Nature of the role
Being a member of the Editorial Board is a voluntary position, and there is no remuneration related to the post. The Editor-in-Chief and the team of Associate Editors take day-to-day responsibility for handling manuscripts submitted to the journal, appointing reviewers and making publication decisions. The main role of the Editorial Board is to advise and support the Editor-in-Chief, Associate Editor-in-Chief and Associate Editors, who have responsibilities relating to the content and strategic direction of the journal. Editorial Board members are expected to make contributions to peer review, promote the journal to the nutrition and dietetics communities and to actively use the journal for dissemination and research.
Editorial Board members:
• Review papers for the Editor and Associate Editors on a regular basis, with the normal expectation being no more than three papers per year.
• Help the Editor and Associate Editors to identify suitable reviewers for submissions
• Provide second opinions on papers (e.g. where reviews are incomplete, or rejection of a commissioned article has been recommended)
Board members should also be active in promoting the journal to authors. JHND aspires to be a high quality journal in the field and so Editorial Board members should encourage colleagues to submit their best work to the journal. Contribution of content is also an important means of promoting the journal and Board members are asked to consider the journal first for their own research article, and contribute ideas for commissions, particularly for high quality review articles.
The Editorial Board should provide advice to the Editor on a range of subjects and this is best achieved through attendance at Editorial Board meetings, which will be held on an annual basis. Key areas of input would include:
• Future direction of the journal
• Feedback on past issues
• Competitor comparisons
• Ideas and innovations