How to Become an Effective Journal Editor in Business and Management

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How to Become an Effective Journal Editor in Business and Management

A Guide to Developing Authors

9781035309375 Edward Elgar Publishing
Kathy Lund Dean, Board of Trustees Distinguished Professor of Leadership and Ethics, Professor of Management, Department of Economics and Management, Gustavus Adolphus College, US
Publication Date: June 2024 ISBN: 978 1 03530 937 5 Extent: c 250 pp
This timely guide provides detailed advice to help editors become more effective at aiding their authors’ scholarly development and creating ethical, values-based manuscript assessment processes. A key book for journal editors at any stage in their career, it sheds light on tried-and-true strategies for growing their editorial toolkit.

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This timely guide provides detailed advice to help editors become more effective at aiding their authors’ scholarly development and creating ethical, values-based manuscript assessment processes. A key book for journal editors at any stage in their career, it sheds light on tried-and-true strategies for growing their editorial toolkit.

Using specific real-world examples, Kathy Lund Dean encourages editors confidence in both practice and policy by learning foundational editorial skills. She draws upon 20 years of editorial experience to share crucial tips for all stages of the editorial process, from the identification of values to boosting journal visibility. She ultimately dispels the common assumption that journal editing merely involves ensuring author conformity to style, instead showing how effective journal editors must possess a dynamic mix of disciplinary expertise, constructive critique, and emotional intelligence to coax the best manuscripts from their authors.

How to Become an Effective Journal Editor in Business and Management is vital for scholars who are considering an editorial role, particularly those focusing on business and management, leadership and education.. Current journal editors will also benefit from its examination of ethics, new resource identification and potentially difficult situations.
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‘This is a must read for anyone moving into the editorial space. Most of us learn on the job, and it takes both time and trial and error to build up editorial experience. Kathy’s book can help short cut many of the steps we go through. Indeed, as I was reading it, there was often a knowing smile on my face as I nodded yes, yes, yes. I could relate to so many of these experiences. I certainly encourage anyone new to editorial work to read this book. Thank you Kathy for taking the time to write this.’
– Kathryn Pavlovich, University of Waikato, New Zealand and Editor-in-Chief of the Journal of Management, Spirituality and Religion

‘A must-have for current and soon-to-be journal editors! Lund Dean’s blend of explicit and implicit knowledge, along with clear writing, advances developmental editing. With a focus on nurturing all involved in research from authors to reviewers and action editors, each chapter elevates the editor’s role from the mundane to a humanizing art form. Chapter 5 is a must read.’
– Richard Stackman, University of San Francisco, US

‘Journal editors are the gatekeepers of our profession. They decide what gets published and what does not. However, training for how to become a journal editor – much less for how to become a great journal editor – is almost nonexistent. Nor is there much advice for how to put together and running a great editorial team. Some publishers and the occasional book provide training on the mechanics – the “nuts and bolts” – of journal editing, but don’t provide editors with the “secret sauce” of becoming a great editor-in-chief (EIC) leading a fabulous editorial team. Kathy Lund Dean’s new book spills the secrets in the secret sauce. As a former EIC who did lead ed a fabulous team of editors, I know my team and I would have benefitted from reading and discussing this book. If you are starting out as a journal editor or thinking about the EIC role, this book is designed to help you and your teammates think about what it means to be a developmental editor, that is, an editor who “helps authors engage in a healthy, learning-focused and self-affirming way with the journal publishing process.” While written for business and management, the book will also be useful to journal editors in other social science disciplines. Buy the book and form your own editors’ book club! Create your own secret sauce using the helpful recipes in Lund Dean’s new book.’
– Lorraine Eden, Texas A&M University, US

‘If you need advice on how to be an editor, It is hard to think of someone better qualified than Kathy Lund Dean to provide it. Building on decades of experience and global connections, in this book she offers a wealth of practical advice about how to set up systems, build and manage editorial teams and reviewer communities, and how to work out a realistic outreach program to support inclusivity. Importantly, the book wraps practical advice up within a reflexive framework that helps to connect the ‘doing’ of editorial work with “becoming” an editor. Overall, in this book, Kathy Lund Dean offers an approach to editing that is anchored in key values – not least kindness – and a sense of vocation. Anyone involved in (or considering) such roles will find this book invaluable.’
– Paul Hibbert, University of Warwick, UK

‘Editors have an increasingly influential and pivotal role in knowledge production in this era of high-stakes peer review and the need for high-impact scholarship. However, few editors receive systematic training in their job’s tactical, operational, and strategic roles. Enter How to Become an Effective Journal Editor in Business and Management! I highly recommend this book and the practical and philosophical approach Dr. Lund Dean offers to anyone seeking to improve their editorial processes or move into an editorial team role.’
– Jennifer Leigh, Nazareth University, US
Contents
Contents:
Introduction: editorial work that develops authors
PART I EDITORS’ REFLECTIONS: CHOOSING THIS
WORK AND HOW YOU WILL DO IT
1 Values identification, guiding principles, and author support
2 The ethics of editing
3 Creating your editorial philosophy statement
PART II CARVING OUT YOUR EDITORIAL PLACE
4 Journal domain, aims, and scope
5 Setting up the processes and systems for the editor-in-chief
6 Setting up the processes and systems for associate editors
and the journal publication village
7 Setting up the processes and systems for the manuscript
submission system
PART III TRANSPARENCY, ACCESS, AND VISIBILITY
IN EDITORIAL WORK
8 Access in publishing issues
9 Preparing for the unexpected and the uncommon
10 Getting visible with strategic outreach
Closing reflections
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