Indian Journal of Agricultural Research
Chief EditorT. Mohapatra
Print ISSN 0367-8245
Online ISSN 0976-058X
NAAS Rating 5.20
Chief EditorT. Mohapatra
Print ISSN 0367-8245
Online ISSN 0976-058X
NAAS Rating 5.20
An editor is the most important person in the process of journal publishing. He is responsible for taking care of all the minor intricacies and other important factors to enhance a journal. He also holds the responsibility towards an author and other members to assist them in forming an article.
Plus, he makes sure whether the appropriate papers for the journal have been submitted or if there is a requirement for an additional manuscript from the author.
In case an extra manuscript is needed for the journal, he helps the author with the same. The main job of the editor is to introduce his best knowledge to a particular field of publishing while also striking a proper balance among other important factors of the journal.
Therefore, ARCC journals give importance to the role of editors as it is the only method of ensuring the quality of the journal by making fruitful relations with authors, and reviewers and adhering to high value responsibilities towards Editorial Board Members.
Editors play a crucial role in ARCC Journals, as they are responsible for ensuring the quality and integrity of the published content. Their job involves overseeing the entire publication process, from the initial submission of the manuscript to the final publication of the research article.
Manuscript screening: Editors are the first line of defense in ensuring the quality of a research article. They review the manuscripts submitted to the journal and screen them for suitability, originality, and quality. They also check if the research adheres to the journal's scope and standards.
Peer review management: Editors manage the peer review process, which involves soliciting reviews from experts in the field to assess the quality and validity of the research. They select reviewers based on their expertise, ensure timely submission of reviews, and communicate the reviewers' feedback to authors.
Editorial decision-making: Based on the reviews and the overall quality of the manuscript, editors make editorial decisions on whether to accept, reject, or request revisions from the authors. They ensure that the decision-making process is fair, transparent, and based on merit.
Copyediting and formatting: Editors ensure that the manuscript meets the journal's formatting and style requirements. They also copyedit the manuscript to ensure that it adheres to the highest standards of grammar, syntax, and clarity. This helps to improve the readability and coherence of the article.
Ethical oversight: Editors are responsible for ensuring that the published research adheres to ethical standards. They ensure that the research has been conducted in an ethical manner, and that any potential conflicts of interest have been disclosed.
Post-publication activities: Editors may also be involved in post-publication activities, such as promoting the published research, responding to reader feedback, and addressing any concerns or errors that may arise.
Collaboration with authors: Editors work closely with authors to ensure that their research is presented in the best possible way. They provide feedback and guidance on how to improve the manuscript, and they help authors to navigate the peer review process.
Strategic planning: Editors are involved in the strategic planning of the journal. They help to set the editorial direction and vision for the journal, and they work with the publisher to ensure that the journal is meeting its objectives.
Editors play a crucial role in maintaining the quality and integrity of published research in ARCC Journals. They are responsible for ensuring that all submitted manuscripts meet the ethical standards of publication.
Editors should adhere to the following ethical standards:
Confidentiality: Editors should maintain the confidentiality of all submitted manuscripts and not disclose any information about them to anyone except the authors, reviewers, and publishers.
Fairness: Editors should ensure that all submitted manuscripts are evaluated based on their scientific merit, regardless of the author's nationality, race, gender, or institutional affiliation.
Conflict of Interest: Editors should declare any conflicts of interest that may influence their evaluation of submitted manuscripts.
Timeliness: Editors should ensure that all submitted manuscripts are evaluated and processed in a timely manner.
Addressing Misconduct and Ethical Concerns: Editors should investigate and address any allegations of research misconduct or ethical concerns raised by reviewers, authors, or readers.
Transparency: Editors should ensure that all editorial policies, procedures, and decisions are transparent and communicated clearly to authors, reviewers, and readers.
Editorial decisions should be based on the quality of the research and not on factors such as the author's reputation, institution, or country. The editorial process should be transparent and authors should be informed of the reasons for any decisions made.
ARCC Journals strive to promote diversity and inclusion in their editorial boards, peer reviewers, and authors. This includes considering factors such as gender, ethnicity, race, and geography in the selection of reviewers to ensure that a range of perspectives is represented and to promote inclusivity in scientific research.
ARCC Journals maintain editorial independence and integrity, ensuring that editorial decisions are based solely on the scientific merit of the research and are not influenced by commercial interests or other factors.
In this step, the papers go under some serious scrutiny at the time of their submission. It is determined whether the findings of the scientific works are suitable and sufficient for publishing a journal or not. Then the editor checks again for any errors in the intellectual property.
Therefore, it’s mandatory to determine that the content of the manuscripts has an appropriate table, proper structure, figures, and sufficient references in a professional manner.
The contents of the paper that need to be presented in the journal are cross-checked with the accurate guidelines of the journal. These guidelines are then strictly followed for a world-class publication. In short, it is made sure that the articles aren’t rejected at the time of their publication.
At ARCC, the editors are also given the responsibility to send the manuscript to available peer reviewers. Once the editors make sure that the papers or the manuscripts have all the necessary details, high-quality content, and proper formatting, the real process of the peer-review begins.
The submitted papers/manuscripts by the author are then sent to the peer reviewers. Now the important task is to find and appoint experienced peers for this process. ARCC has an expertise panel of more than 5000 professionals from all over the world in various subjects.
Also, skilled experts are given the job of reviewing the articles in a timely and proper manner so that they can give unbiased and valued feedback. Journal editors must utilize their potential for proper reviewing as it is an indispensable part of the publication process.
The editor demands the reports of the papers from the expert reviewers. Once they are submitted, the editor makes a proper assessment to determine whether the documents formed by the author include accurate scholarly studies or not.
If the need arises, he can also ask the reviewers for further help with the information he got from them.
Our Editors ensure that manuscripts undergo rigorous and fair peer review by experts in the field. Reviewers should declare any potential conflicts of interest and should not use the review process to gain information or ideas for their own research. Reviewers should not disclose any information about the manuscript to anyone other than the editors.
Some more responsibilities of the Editor toward Peer-Reviewers
Assigns papers for review suitable to each reviewer’s interest and expertise.
Establishes a procedure for reviewers to make sure that they keep the information in the manuscript confidential and complete the review in a timely manner.
Informing reviewers that it is not permitted to use any work described in the manuscript or to misuse the knowledge they got through reviewing pre-publication.
Requests the reviewers to identify any potential conflicts and asks them to challenge themselves if they cannot provide an impartial review.
Gives reviewers ample time to finish their reviews.
ARCC editors have to make sure several developments in the domain of publishing including the reviews, suggestions, and changes advised by the peers. The prime concern of the editor is the secrecy of the documents and the reviewers aren’t permitted to misuse the works of the author.
Our editors need to determine that no part of the content is misused by the co-experts also. The knowledge and experience acquired by the reviewers must be in safe hands and all reviewers must discourage its disclosure.
Provides guidelines to the authors for preparing and submitting manuscripts.
Provides a clear statement of the journal’s policies on the criteria for authorship.
Treats the authors with courtesy, fairness, honesty, objectivity, and transparency.
Protects the confidentiality of authors’ works.
Establishes a proper system for the quick and effective review process.
Makes editorial decisions quickly and communicates them clearly and constructively.
Avoids the possibility of the editors and/or references stopping the progress of a manuscript for malicious reasons.
Establishes clear rules for authors related to legal practices for sharing information, particularly those needed to reproduce the research, pre, and post-publication.
Establishes a process for the reconsideration of editorial decisions.
Describes, implements, and regularly reviews policies for handling issues and allegations or evidence of misconduct by authors or anyone else involved in the peer review procedure.
Well, the editor needs to make sure that there isn’t any conflict in authorship. The criteria of the authorship whether it is individual or a group must also be identified. It needs to be cross-checked with the content submitted by the individual or the group authorship.
The authors need to acknowledge that the papers or manuscripts they hold meet the standards of the editor’s knowledge. It is also expected from the authors to review and sign the content they have submitted as a final draft. A lot of times the authors are also responsible for the complete final article.
The editor is also responsible for the scientific community in any particular study. The manuscripts are the building blocks of the journal on any comprehensive research.
As a result, it is the top most responsibility of ARCC editors to go through all the manuscripts/papers before publication so that the study material presented in the paper is appropriate for the scientific community.
The research-based findings should be included in the journal to present the learned references given in the manuscript.
Evaluates all manuscripts that are finalized for publication and make sure that they provide proper evidence to the readers for the assessment of conclusions.
Provides literature references and the contact information of the author so that the readers may pursue further discourse if they desire.
Identifies individual and group authorship to make sure that the criteria of authorship are met.
Maintains the journal’s integrity.
Ensures that everyone involved in the process of publication don’tdoesn’tpulate citations.
Discloses sources such as journal ownership, authorship, funding, etc.
Forms mechanisms to make sure that the journal is offering what readers want.
Discloses all potential conflicts of those involved in the consideration of a manuscript and/or affirming that it doesn’t exist.
Provides a mechanism for further discourse on the scientific advantages of a paper such as by inviting commentaries, publishing letters to the editors, blogs, articles, etc.
Works with the publisher to receive the top quality manuscripts and research that may be of interest to the readers or not.
Apart from the points mentioned below, an editor must also make sure that he meets all the obligations and demands of other individuals and groups (owners, parent society, funders/sponsors, publishers, readers, authors, news media, advertisers, and government agencies) while having complete editorial freedom by authority and autonomy.
Conducting a review of manuscripts.
Complying with the guidelines and procedures of the organization, including the terms mentioned in the contract.
Making an enhanced evaluation and dissemination of scientific material.
Complying with the fiscal policies of the owner and publisher towards the journal.
Adhering to the mission, schedule, and practices of the publication.
As this is not an easy task, the editors must feel free to take the help of peers and/or organizations, if the need arises.
In a final statement, ARCC Editors adhere to their responsibilities towards each aspect of the journal from publisher to readers. Editors are the key aspect to maintaining the quality and conducting the smooth process of article publication to the journals.