Annual Meeting Report

How to Do Editorial Research

MODERATOR: Mary Warner American Pharmacists Association Washington, DC SPEAKERS: Jeanette Panning American Geophysical Union Washington, DC Morgan Sorenson American Academy of Neurology Minneapolis, Minnesota Jeannine Botos Oxford University Press New York, New York Kelly Anderson American Society of Civil Engineers Reston, Virginia REPORTER: Mary Warner American Pharmacists Association Washington, DC The best editorial operations not only run well, but also know why they run well. And to know why your operations are running well, you need to have information (data) about your journal and its readership. At the CSE 2018 Annual Meeting, the session “How to Do Editorial Research” aimed to provide an overview of how to collect that data through editorial research, including tips on getting started and case studies from successful research projects. The session began with an overview of how to get started on an editorial research project, including formulating the question you want to answer about areas such as impact factor trends, peer review, submissions, authorship, business models and pricing, or readership (see Figure 1 for a list of sample questions). Mary Warner, speaking for Jeanette Panning, summarized the methodology for conducting editorial research—surveys, metrics, and data mining. She emphasized using your in-house manuscript submission and tracking system to pull information on submissions by authorship affiliation, gender, society membership, etc.; accepted versus declined manuscripts by author and reviewer characteristics; reviewer quality; and trends over time (Figure 2). Searching online databases such as Clarivate’s Journal Citation Reports, Google Scholar, and PubMed can also yield valuable data to […]

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