Call for Submissions

Check this space regularly for periodic Calls for Submissions from the editors of Science Editor. Suggestions for submissions and new topics or areas of interest are always welcome at 

Call for Submissions: Three Upcoming Theme Issues

Science Editor is seeking submissions for three special themed issues that will be published in 2017:

Career Issue: Science editing and publishing encompasses a wide range of positions and skills, from traditional roles, such as Editors-in–Chief and copyeditors, to relatively new roles, such as Social Media Editors. Potential articles could include a description of a commonly misunderstood role, advice from an unusual career path, your own story, or even a graphic or list of the types of jobs in your editorial office, along with brief descriptions of roles; the editorial board is also interested in your ideas. Deadline: 3/14/2017

Science Editor 40th Anniversary Issue: As Science Editor turns 40, we’re using the opportunity to look back over our storied history, while noting how significantly scientific editing and publishing has changed during that time. If you were a working editor 30–40 years ago, we encourage you write about your experiences in publishing, how you’ve seen the industry evolve, or what you believe to be the most impactful change in the last few decades. For those newer to the field, we’re interested in informed speculation of where scientific editing and publishing will be in the future–even in 40 years from now. Deadline: 4/24/2017

Peer Review Issue: This issue will be published soon after the 2017 International Peer Review Congress and is designed to continue the discussion around the role of peer review in scientific research and publishing. Topics for articles can be directly related to presentations or issues raised at the conference, but that is not a requirement. Other topics might include case studies from your organization, various models of peer review, policies around peer review (like data access or conflicts of interest), how the evolving role of preprints is changing peer review, and more. Deadline: 10/13/2017

Submissions should be ~700–2200 words, and figures, tables, and references are strongly encouraged. Pre-submission inquiries are welcome, and editors are glad to work with you in shaping your manuscript. Once accepted, articles are published Early Online and scheduled for a specific issue. Please address all submissions and questions to

December 2016 Call for Submissions: The Role of Journal Editors in an Age of New Media

Science Editor is seeking submissions for a new series of articles entitled “The Role of Journal Editors in an Age of New Media“. As recently as 20 years ago, the primary role of the Journal Editor was arguably that of gatekeeper: with journal print page budgets limited by physical constraints, scientists ran the real risk that even good research might never see publication. But now, new technologies, platforms, and publishing models mean that anything can, and likely will be, published in some form online.

So where does that leave the journal editor, both at their own journals and within the scientific community at large? If they are no longer deciding what will be published, what is their primary role at a journal? Are they aggregators, community organizers, or maybe something else? Do we even need journal editors? To answer these questions, we’d like to hear from you: if you have ideas on this topic, or you, or a journal editor you work with, are trying something innovative, we invite you to contribute an article to Science Editor.

Submissions should be ~750-1500 words, references are permitted, and display items (figures & tables) are strongly encouraged. Although we envision this as an ongoing series, we would like to receive the first round of submissions by March 15, 2017. Pre-submission enquires are encouraged but not required. Please address all submissions and questions to Jonathan Schultz, Deputy Editor: