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Editorial Role and Responsibilities
• Editorial Board
• Guest Editor
The Editor-in-Chief is the head of the journal, and is mainly responsible for the scientific quality of the journal. The Editor-in-Chief is responsible for assisting the Editorial Office in the management of the journal, which entails:
• scientific decisions about the journal's scope,
• inviting distinguished scientists to join the editorial board,
• suggesting topics for special issues,
• assisting the Guest Editors in the setup of special issues,
• overviewing the editorial process for individual manuscripts (mainly by taking the final decision whether a paper can be published after peer-review and revisions).
The initial term for the Editor-in-Chief position is two years and can be renewed.
Editorial Board Member Responsibilities
An Editorial Board member will be asked to review one or two manuscripts per year and may help to edit a special issue on a topic related to his or her research interests. Additionally, the Editorial Board members will be approached for input or feedback regarding new regulations relating to the journal from time to time. Editorial Board members are also encouraged to help to promote the journal among their peers or at conferences. The communication with Editorial Board members is done primarily by E-mail. The initial term for an Editorial Board membership is two years and can be renewed. An Editorial Board member may also step down from the position at any time if he or she feels overloaded by the requests from the journal’s Editorial Office.
Guest Editor Responsibility
We appreciate collaborations with scholars all over the world. Special issues are normally edited by a Guest Editor who invites colleagues from the same research field to contribute an article on a topic within their expertise. The Guest Editor works together with the Editorial Office to prepare a description and keywords for the special issue webpage. We aim for at least five articles published per special issue. The Guest Editor usually makes decisions on the acceptance of manuscripts submitted to his or her special issue. Papers belonging to a special issue are published online in the journal immediately after acceptance and collected together on the special issue webpage. This means that there is no delay for authors who submit their work: it will appear shortly after acceptance, even if other papers in the special issue are still being processed.
Guest Editors should not hold conflicts of interest with authors whose work they are assessing, e.g. if they are from the same institution or collaborate closely. In this case the Editor-in-Chief or a suitable editorial board member will make final acceptance decisions for submitted papers.