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The Peer-Reviewed JournalA Comprehensive Guide through the Editorial Process. Includes Forms, Letters, and Faxes. Third Edition, 2006, ISBN-13: 978-0-9658380-6-1 (ISBN-10: 0-9658380-6-4), 206 pages, 8.5" x 11", perfect bound soft cover $70.00 (includes CD with all forms, letters, and fax templates in MS Word format)

Gary Michael Smith

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This valuable office guide, used for journal management in at least 16 countries, addresses the specific needs of editors-in-chief, managing editors, and all editorial office staff involved in managing the peer-review process for journals and magazines. This third edition includes 68 Forms, Letters, and Faxes examples and templates on compact disc in Microsoft Word.

Review: Now in a revised and updated third edition, The Peer-Reviewed Journal—A Comprehensive Guide through the Editorial Process is a practical and informative “how to” guide written specifically to help novice editors-in-chief, managing editors, and editorial office support staff to set up effective and efficient procedures for managing the editorial office of a periodical publication. Writer, editor, and author Gary Michael Smith succinctly explains and deftly instructs editors in the process by which scientific, technical, and trade information is reviewed and disseminated. Chapters cover such topic as organizing one’s office, managing a database, preparing manuscripts for publication, and much, much more. A CD of forms, letters, and faxes is included to enhance the value and application of this highly useful and practical guidebook. The Peer-Reviewed Journal is strongly recommended reading for anyone contemplating starting a journal or periodical, as well as those who are engaged in any kind of managerial or editorial responsibility for one. —Midwest Book Review


1 Organizing the Staff and Office

Identifies editorial office job classifications. The examples provided enable management to visualize and develop staff responsibilities as appropriate to the specific circumstances of the journal office.

2 Editorial Office Workflow

Presents an example of a standard workflow for various aspects of manuscript receipt and review, as well as editorial decision-making.

3 Developing and Managing a Database

Gives advice on working with a database to track manuscript handling, referee selection, and editorial decisions.

4 Developing and Mandating Adherence to Submission Guidelines

Provides guidance on writing and mandating levels of adherence by authors to a journal’s submission guidelines.

5 Preparing Manuscripts for Publication

Delineates a journal’s responsibilities for preparing a paper for submission to a publisher and printer.

6 The Publication Process

Examines publication processes that affect the editorial office.

7 Preparing for Conferences, Symposia, and Professional Meetings

Addresses preparation for conferences and professional meetings where manuscripts will be received to be considered for publication. This chapter offers its own modified set of procedures for both checking in manuscripts as well as acquiring information and assembling special sections of a supplement.

8 Generating Reports

Offers suggestions on what to include in monthly and annual reports used for tracking journal progress and monitoring trends.

Suggested Reading contains articles of interest to the editorial staff of a peer-reviewed publication.

The Index helps the reader quickly locate specific items of interest.

Figures provides an abundance of useful flowcharts, forms, letters, and fax templates for a variety of contingencies.

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