Working with Your Editor: Requesting Letters of Support

A post from Feeding the Elephant: A Forum for Scholarly Communications

Acquiring editors play many roles in the publication process, and because the publishing process is entwined with the tenure and promotion process, editors are often asked to provide supporting documentation to their authors to share with tenure and promotion committees. This can be as simple as a paragraph confirming a book is under contract or in production, or as detailed as explaining a press’s acceptance rate and review process.

Re: should journals give more information to prospective authors?

I am an editorial assistant for two academic journals, and I've been doing it for seven years. I always acknowledge receipt of the MS - after asking the editor if it's something they'd like to review - and then give the authors a timeline of when to expect the peer reviews to be back, after which we will give them our editorial decision. This has worked well for us for the most part.

should journals give more information to prospective authors?


Below is a link to an article on the Scholarly Kitchen blog by Jerry Jacobs entitled "Author Friendly Journal websites."  Jacobs contents that journal publishers could assit authors who are interested in submitting an article by giving them more information about how long their peer review process usually takes and the time from acceptance to publication.  The commentators on the article aren't so sure that this information will be transparent and meaningful. 

Dutch Universities and Elsevier reach open access agreement


Below is a link to a press release concerning the open access agreement netogiated between the scientific publisher Elsevir (based in Holland) and a consortium of Dutch universities.  The agreement will enable Dutch researchers to publishin in Elsevier journals without paying a fee if they are on the faculty of Dutch universities.


Predatory publishing has shades of gray



Below is a link to a blog post entitled "There is no black and white definition of predatory publishing" by Kyle Siler for the London School of Economics blog, May 13th, 2020 with a short excerpt.

Siler argues that journals are criticized for a wide range of problems and bad practices ranging from lacking an editorial board entirely or using a fake address to relatively minor offences such as having dead links on their website or including bad grammar in articles.

He comments that:

Guest Post: The University Press Vault: Leveraging Backlist Content

In the fall of 2019, Disney launched its new streaming service, Disney+. Disney opened its famed Vault to lovers of classic Disney, fans of newer Disney-affiliated producers, and stans for Baby Yoda. All at once, several decades’ worth of content became available—for a price. And, all at once, Disney earned massive revenue for content that it already owned.

New Book - Rediscovering the Islamic Classics: How Editors and Print Culture Transformed an Intellectual Tradition

Author: Ahmed El Shamsy Title: Rediscovering the Islamic Classics: How Editors and Print Culture Transformed an Intellectual Tradition Publisher: Princeton University Press Publication Date: 11/2/2020 ISBN: 9780691174563 Hardcover  (English)


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