Role of Associate and Senior Editor

Role of the Associate Editor

Once an article is accepted, the corresponding author (only one person if there are more than one corresponding author) is invited to become an Associate Editor of JAD with a one-year term beginning January 1st of the following calendar year. Associate Editors are given free access to the online content of the journal for the length of their terms but are not exempt from publication fees. An Associate Editor can extend the one-year term in yearly increments by performing Acts of Service (defined below).  These Acts of Service ensure that our editors are always actively engaged in directing the journal’s future. The goal is for Associate Editors to solicit interesting work they see at meetings, etc. and have the manuscript submitted through them (see figure, Track 1: Review Process). This has the further goal that work in the journal reflects the breadth of our Associate Editors' interests, not just the Editor-in-Chief, Deputy Editors, Clinical Editor, or Senior Editors.

Act of Service

Extension

Publishing an article as corresponding author

One year extension*

Handling a submission to JAD (for original submission only – not revision; outcome of submission is not relevant). Note that the Handling Associate Editor cannot be an author of the submission.

One year extension*

Publishing a book review (must be solicited or pre-approved by the Editor)

One year extension*

Publishing a commentary (must be solicited or pre-approved by the Editor)

One year extension*

Guest editing a Supplemental or Special Issue (more info at http://www.j-alz.com/supplemental)

One year extension only (extensions are not granted for each article in the special issue but Senior editorship is awarded in the subsequent year)

*Note: While there is no limit on the number of years one can serve as an Associate Editor, multiple acts of service in any given year can be used to extend the term for up to two years at a time. Once this limit has been reached, additional acts of service will be applied to the goal of Senior editorship for that year. Therefore, extended service on the editorial board requires a continued commitment to the journal.

Associate Editors are also expected to participate in the voting process (in the Spring) for the yearly Alzheimer Award.


Role of the Associate Editor in the Review Process

  1. After a manuscript has been received requesting a particular Associate Editor, that Associate Editor will be invited to handle the submission. Associate Editors are asked to excuse themselves from handling a submission if a conflict makes them unable to make an impartial scientific judgment or evaluation, if they have collaborated with the authors in the past three years, if they have any professional or financial affiliations that may be perceived as a conflict of interest, or if they have a history of personal differences with the author(s). If no conflict exists, the Associate Editor is asked to provide a list of 4-6 potential reviewers (either from the list provided by the authors, on his or her own, or a combination of the two).
  2. The Managing Editor will contact the identified reviewers through mstracker.com (the journal's online submission website). The Managing Editor will also solicit the Handling Associate Editor through the system as well. The Handling Associate Editor should accept the reviewer invitation at that time.
  3. Once all reviews are received, the Handling Associate Editor will be provided with the reviews and asked to enter a review/recommendation using mstracker.com based on the provided reviews and his/her own assessment of the manuscript.
  4. Once the Handling Associate Editor has entered a review/recommendation, the final decision will be made by the Editor-in-Chief assigned to the manuscript.
  5. Handling Associate Editors will be identified on accepted manuscripts.

Determination of Senior Editor Status

To elevate to Senior Editor status, an Associate Editor must complete five (5) Acts of Service during a one-year period. Guest editing a Special Issue automatically qualifies the Associate Editor for Senior editorship in the subsequent year.

Role of the Senior Editor

Senior Editors will be appointed yearly based on completion of five (5) or more Acts of Service (defined above) during a one-year period (see Determination of Senior Editor Status). Senior Editors are encouraged to solicit and handle review articles and, to maintain status as Senior Editor, must complete five (5) Acts of Service during the year. If the Senior Editor does not complete 5 acts, he or she will return to status as an Associate Editor with a term expiration as determined for an Associate Editor.

Senior Editors are also expected to participate in the selection of the top articles from the previous year as part of the voting process for the yearly Alzheimer Award.