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The Editor oversees the JIPC, provides insight on Journal processes, and serves as a guide to provide support regarding Journal matters and Health Science research. The Editorial Board is a team of experts in the journal’s various specialty areas within the health science and leadership disciplines.

The JIPC is not yet a member of the Committee on Publication Ethics (COPE), but the journal subscribes to the COPE policies. As such this journal follows the COPE Code of Conduct and Best Practice Guidelines for Journal Editors and the Code of Conduct and Best Practices for Journal Publishers.

The Role of the Editor

The Editor for the JIPC is a highly experienced health professional who has a larger vision that guides the journal. The Editor participates in defining and adjusting the journal’s developing mission and adapting to the changing needs of the readership. The Editor is responsible for:

  • Assembling a range of subject experts on the Board who can advise on the journal strategy
  • Adding credibility to the journal and celebrates important experts in the field
  • Approving the publication layout, design, style, and tone
  • Collaborating with the Associate Editor to decide future issue topics and content
  • Maintaining regular communication with the Editorial Board
  • Resolving problems that arise such as plagiarism and ensuring articles are original
  • Assigning responsibilities to all team members and ensuring they are completed by established deadlines
  • Framing journal editorial policy jointly with the mission and vision of the Journal and the College of Health Sciences
  • Ensuring the journal’s process is satisfactory in meeting the publication schedules
  • Monitoring the Editorial Board (timeliness, review quality and tone) and replacing any inactive board members
  • Working with the Editorial Board to commission Special Issues
  • Assisting in the appointment of other members of the Editorial Board for the journal
  • Distribute journal business cards/flyers/other promotional material at conferences
  • Awarding final decisions concerning the acceptance or rejection of articles submitted to the journal via an online submission system. In all cases, the Editor’s decision on a paper will be final
  • Handling article rejection appeals
  • Providing suggestions for edits when needed
  • Chairing Editorial Board meetings, unless special arrangements have been made
  • Seeks searchable capabilities for the journal, like Pubmed, etc.
  • Seeks input from the Editorial Board and other Editors to fill open positions for the journal
  • Assists the Associate Editor in their role as needed

The Role of the Associate Editor

The Associate Editor assists the Editor to devise strategies developing journal-related subjects and organizing journal issues. The Associate Editor is responsible for:

  • Assisting the Editor in the day-to-day operation of the journal, most notably the peer-review process
  • Supporting the Editorial Board primarily with the facilitation of the online peer review process, but also in various activities as necessary to assist with the smooth running of the journal
  • Exporting articles to Production via online submission system as soon as the manuscript is accepted and ensuring the author contribution forms have been returned before publication
  • Ensuring at least two independent reviews are received on submissions (except desk rejections)
  • Editing the content of journal issues
  • Addressing problems that may arise such as plagiarism and ensuring articles are original
  • Ensuring that any objections to the propriety of the peer review process are investigated and reported to the Editor
  • Working with the Editorial team/Editorial Board to commission Special Issues
  • Promptly respond to author queries, and referring any escalating issues to the Editor as needed
  • Checking that Editorial Board information is up to date, assisting with the recruitment of new Editors and Editorial Board members, and inviting new Editorial Board members
  • Acting as main point of contact for Bepress Production Editor, liaising with regards to such matters as issue length and space available for manuscripts
  • Checking journal issue proofs in collaboration with Content Editor

The Role of the Social Media Editor

  • Producing high quality social media posts to promote the journal
  • Designing invitations and announcements for submission and new issue dates Assisting the Editor and Associate Editor with all aspects of promotion of the JIPC
  • Determining optimal times to post content
  • Responding timely to social media queries
  • Generating content such as infographics, charts, data, and podcasts to grow the JIPC audience
  • Supporting editorial board members and ULM student interaction with social media platforms
  • Maintains and updates all social media account profiles
  • Hosts social media events such as author chats and online panel discussion
  • Utilizes major social media platforms including Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, Snapchat, etc

The Role of the Web Manager

The web manager is instrumental in keeping the JIPC journal current and accurate. They ensure all necessary content is included on a website and is laid out in a way that suits the user. The web manager is responsible for:

  • Works with Editor, Associate Editor, and ERB to ensure the site is meeting the needs of its users
  • Creates and implements content/sitemap updates with approval of the Editor
  • Edits images and videos for the webpage
  • Implements strategies for increasing site traffic and subscribers
  • Ensures website content is compliance with all journal/university standards
  • Works with the content editor prior to posting information on the webpage, as needed
  • Works with the social media editor to ensure that information is placed on social media outlets and on the webpage in a timely manner

The Role of the Content Editor

The Content Editor will oversee the journal’s content by assisting in developing and editing content. The Content Editor is responsible for:

  • Proofreading and editing spelling, grammar and syntax
  • Organizing, modifying and updating existing content
  • Verifying content and information in collaboration with Editor and Associate Editor
  • Managing and updating social media accounts and websites in collaboration with Social Media Editor, Editor,and Associate Editor

The Role of the Editorial Board Members

The Editorial Board Members are a diverse group of educators and clinicians with a strong interest in academic publishing. The Editorial Board is responsible for:

  • Provide journal content by writing occasional editorials, manuscripts, or short articles
  • Completing a Peer Review Training Certification as required
  • Reviewing manuscripts using checklist and guidelines
  • Providing constructive suggestions to authors regarding article content, structure, clinical relevance, and areas for improvement
  • Demonstrating interest aligning with the aims/scope of the Journal
  • Resolving any conflicts that arise with submissions as requested by the Editor
  • Advising the Editor and Associate Editor on an articles’ acceptance or rejection
  • Encouraging colleagues and other peers to submit articles
  • Providing suggestions for reviewers and candidates for the Board
  • Raising awareness of the journal
  • Attending Board meetings
  • Contributing ideas for the development of the journal, particularly in response to requests for the Editor