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Data-Driven Best Practices in the Editorial Office

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MODERATOR: Jennifer Deyton Senior Partner J&J Editorial, LLC Cary, North Carolina SPEAKERS: Jennifer Cox Editorial Client Manager J&J Editorial, LLC Cary, North Carolina Kelly Hadsell Editorial Director KWF Editorial Baltimore, Maryland REPORTER: Christina Nelson The Journal of Bone and Joint Surgery, Inc. Needham, Massachusetts Utilizing an evidence-based approach to improving workflows and resolving issues is a smart way to obtain the attention and support of the often fact-minded scientific editors and key decision makers in the editorial office. In this session, the panelists described their various approaches to data that has informed their decisions regarding best practices for two key aspects of the submission process: author guidelines and reviewer resources. Jennifer Cox first offered some examples of when usage numbers and demographic information has served to enhance the author guidelines for several of the journals she works with. Instructions for authors, which tend to be the first form of communication an author has with a publication, can particularly benefit from a close look at statistics. For the benefit of international authors, it may be a good idea to examine how readable the manuscript guidelines are to a non-native speaker. Similarly, multiple instances of incorrect answers during the submission process may indicate the need to clarify or reword how certain submission questions are presented. As another example, a demonstrated increase in the number of papers with 100+ authors could signal a need to consider author limits on future manuscripts. Monitoring submission trends with this mindset allows editorial offices to quickly respond […]

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