Academic journal article Library Resources & Technical Services

Editorial

Academic journal article Library Resources & Technical Services

Editorial

Article excerpt

I recently explained the responsibilities of a journal editor to a colleague in my library. I spent time going through the sequence of:

* Working with an editorial board

* Soliciting submissions

* Receiving and acknowledging solicited and unsolicited manuscripts

* Sending manuscripts for review and providing the reviewers with a list of evaluation criteria

* Maintaining a system that tracks manuscripts through the process

* Receiving manuscript reviews, compiling comments, and working with authors to bring submissions to publication

* Waiting for revisions and, perhaps, through a second round of reviews

* Assembling manuscripts (including figures and tables) for issues and transmitting the package to the ALA production office

* Working with a production editor and reviewing page proofs, which may mean looking at up to three iterations

I was focusing on the work--the process, the many steps in bringing an issue to publication, and the challenge of tracking everything. My colleague ignored my litany and cut to the heart of the matter. She observed, "Hey, you get to read what people in technical services are doing right now. You work with people from many different libraries. You read about new initiatives, current trends, and hot topics. That sounds exciting." She is right! Being an editor is hard work, surely, but it is also extremely interesting, educational, stimulating, and enjoyable. …

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