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Sunday 01 April 2007

Peer Review and Manuscript Management in Scientific Journals

Irene Hames Managing Editor of The Plant Journal

ISBN: 1405131594 248 pages, 3 illustrations, paperback, 210 x 148 mm
Published by Blackwell Publishing:
USA: March 2007 - Rest of World: February 2007 - Australia: April 2007
US & Canada: $39.95 Europe / Rest of World: £19.99

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(30% discount for ALPSP members)

Peer Review and Manuscript Management in Scientific Journals is an essential reference for science journal editors, editorial office staff and publishers. It is an invaluable handbook for the set-up of new Editorial Offices, as well as a useful reference for well-established journals which may need guidance on a particular situation, or may want to review their current practices.

Foreword - Preface
1. Introduction
2. The peer-review process - how to get going
3. Manuscript submission and initial checks on completeness and suitability
4. The full review process
5. The decision-making process for reviewed manuscripts
6. Moving to online submission and review
7. Reviewers: a precious resource
8. The obligations and responsibilities of the people involved in peer review
9. Misconduct in scientific research and publishing - what it is and how to deal with it
Appendix I The Golden Rules and the Peer Review Good Practice Checklist
Appendix II Examples of checklists, forms and editorial letters
Appendix III Useful websites
Appendix IV Other models of peer review

Hames' aim is to provide a manual to help editors, their editorial colleagues, and staff, and to give practical guidance on all aspects of peer review, creating an awareness of the issues involved and potential problems. This she has achieved, taking the reader from manuscript submission, through the peer review process, to decision making… [Included are] some 80 pages of appendices. These extremely useful checklists, forms, guidance, and sample letters provide salient information, and act as an excellent resource for all involved in the publication of scientific journals. Hames offers essential instruction for editors at all levels. Reviewers, even authors, would profit from reading this book. But it will be of most use to those starting a new position in the publication of scientific journals; from academic Editor-in-Chief to Editorial Assistant, it should be prerequisite reading." The Lancet

"A godsend to the rookie editor taking the driving seat for the first time and feeling understandably daunted by the responsibility. Statements like 'no editorial office should be without it', 'an essential resource' or 'indispensable' unfortunately sound like clichés. In the case of this book, however, they are all true. In fact, I think I will need a second copy for when one of my colleagues pinches this one!"
Stuart Taylor (Head of Publishing, The Royal Society), Book Review in Learned Publishing

"In the midst of the often overheated current debates about the effectiveness of peer review in science publishing, this book is an oasis of calm. I know no better guide for editors and scientists on how to get the very best out of the peer review system." Andrew Sugden, International Managing Editor, Science

"The development of editorial office best practices, couched within an understanding of the fundamental principles of peer review, has been neglected for too long. With the publication of this book, light has been shone on a dark corner of publishing. Only now is the industry beginning to address the somewhat amateur status of most editorial offices and an associated dearth of training opportunities. This book represents an excellent attempt at providing a procedural grounding in efficient manuscript management, while offering context for these fundamental administrative principles. It is no overstatement to suggest this book will act as a catalyst to introduce greater professionalism alongside definitive operational theories to the typical journal editorial office. Editorial office staff, both new and experienced alike, will find this book invaluable."
Jason Roberts, PhD, President, International Society of Managing and Technical Editors

"This highly practical book… will undoubtedly become the 'bible' of peer review, not only for those working in the sciences but also for those in the arts and humanities. No editor or publisher should be without it."
Robert Campbell, Wiley-Blackwell and Sally Morris, Association of Learned and Professional Society Publishers


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