Networks & Heterogeneous Media
Instructions for Editors (editorial board members)
As an editor, your main duty is to have each assigned article properly reviewed and submit your recommendation to EIC (Editor in Chief) timely. Specifically, you need to (1) advise EIC to reject a submission within one week if the paper does not appear to fit the journal or is of weak quality; (2) invite 3 referees for each submission within one week and keep in mind that a positive recommendation takes two detailed positive reports, while one negative report is often enough to make a rejection; (3) ensure that the peer review process is fair, unbiased, and timely.
Your role as an editor is to contribute, whenever possible, to the journal’s profile and reputation. In fact, all editors of the journal collectively define what the journal is and what the aims and scope of the journal’s are. Therefore, your active involvement in the journal’s development is expected, such as promoting the journal to peers and colleagues, and suggesting ideas and strategies for further development of the journal.
A journal’s reputation is built up with high standards both scientific and ethical. Thus, please conduct your activities in accordance with generally accepted industry standards for integrity and objectivity. We recommend that you consult the COPE short guide to ethical editing.
An editor must protect the confidentiality of all material submitted to the journal and all communications with reviewers, and the reviewers’ identities.
Unpublished materials disclosed in a submitted manuscript must not be used in an editor's own research without the express written consent of the author. Privileged information or ideas obtained through peer review must be kept confidential and not used for personal advantage.
An editor must not be involved in the editorial process about papers which s/he has written him/herself or have been written by family members or colleagues or which relate to products or services in which the editor has an interest.
An editor should work to safeguard the integrity of the published record by reviewing and assessing reported or suspected misconduct.
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