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Editor recruitment policy and regulations for GPCL’s journals

The Genesis Publishing Consortium Limited (GPCL) is dedicated to advancing biological knowledge through high-quality, peer-reviewed research. The editorial recruitment policy and regulations outlined in this document serve as a foundational guide for the recruitment, appointment, and management of editorial board members, underscoring GPCL‘s commitment to excellence and transparency in scholarly publishing.

Purpose of the editorial recruitment policy

This policy is designed to establish a clear and systematic approach to the selection of editorial board members, ensuring that GPCL maintains the highest standards of academic excellence, ethical conduct, and diversity within its editorial processes. By defining criteria, procedures, and expectations, this policy aims to uphold the credibility and impact of the journal.

Editorial board composition

Organizational structure

The GPCL editorial board comprises the Editor-in-Chief, associate editors, and editorial board members. This hierarchical structure facilitates efficient manuscript handling while upholding the quality and integrity of the peer-review process. Collaboration, communication, and collective decision-making are fostered through this organizational design.

Criteria for editorial board members

Expertise

Prospective members must demonstrate a high level of expertise in biological research, evidenced by a strong scholarly record, active engagement in research communities, and a profound understanding of their respective fields.

Academic credentials

A Ph.D. or equivalent in a field relevant to the journal’s scope is the minimum requirement. Exceptions may be considered for individuals with substantial practical experience and significant contributions to the field.

Publication record

Expectations include a substantial and impactful publication record in reputable journals, ensuring a proven track record of delivering high-quality research.

Reviewing experience

Preference is given to candidates with a history of actively reviewing manuscripts for reputable journals, indicating their ability to provide constructive feedback and contribute to rigorous peer review.

Diversity and inclusion

GPCL is committed to promoting diversity and inclusion on its editorial board, encouraging representation from various backgrounds, including gender, ethnicity, geography, and research focus.

Commitment to ethical standards

Prospective members must demonstrate a strong commitment to upholding ethical standards in research and publication, showcasing a thorough understanding of issues related to plagiarism, authorship, conflicts of interest, and data integrity.

Recruitment process

Nomination procedures
Nomination sources

Nominations may come from current editorial board members, researchers in the field, or through self-nomination, ensuring a diverse pool of candidates.

Nomination documentation

Nominees are required to submit a comprehensive application package, including a CV, a statement of interest, and letters of recommendation, providing essential insights into their qualifications and suitability for the editorial role.

Review and selection process

Initial screening

The editorial board conducts an initial screening of nominations, assessing alignment with GPCL’s criteria through a careful review of qualifications and potential contributions.

Evaluation criteria

The evaluation process considers expertise, academic credentials, publication record, reviewing experience, commitment to diversity, and ethical standards, serving as a benchmark for assessing suitability.

Interview process

Interview panel

Shortlisted candidates may be interviewed by the Editor-in-Chief, associate editors, relevant editorial board members, and the head of publishing, ensuring a comprehensive evaluation of qualifications, vision, and alignment with GPCL‘s goals.

Assessment

Interviews assess the candidate’s understanding of the journal’s scope, approach to ethical issues, and vision for GPCL‘s future, ensuring alignment with the journal’s mission and values.

Decision-making

Editorial board deliberation

The editorial board collectively deliberates on the final selection of new members, considering recommendations from the interview panel.

Editor-in-Chief decision

The Editor-in-Chief makes the final decision on new editorial board members, ensuring consistency with the journal’s overarching goals and standards.

Notification and appointment

Notification of decision

Candidates are promptly notified of the decision, and successful applicants receive an official appointment letter, ensuring transparency and initiating the onboarding process.

Orientation program

New editorial board members undergo an orientation program, familiarizing them with GPCL‘s policies, processes, and expectations, and seamlessly integrating them into the editorial workflow.

Terms of service

Term duration
Initial term

Editorial board members are typically appointed for an initial term of one year, renewable upon mutual agreement, providing continuity with periodic reassessment.

Renewal criteria

Renewal depends on performance, contribution to the journal, adherence to ethical standards, and evolving GPCL needs, ensuring a dynamic and aligned editorial board.

Performance evaluation

An annual performance review assesses editorial board members’ contributions and effectiveness, considering factors such as review quality, involvement in decisions, responsiveness, and ethical adherence.

Responsibilities and expectations

Manuscript review: Thorough and timely reviews, providing constructive feedback.

Editorial decision-making: Active involvement in decisions to maintain consistency with GPCL‘s standards.

Ethical oversight: Crucial role in upholding ethical standards and addressing issues such as plagiarism and conflicts of interest.

Engagement with authors: Encouraged to engage with authors to improve submission quality and foster collaboration.

Promotion of the journal: Expected to actively promote GPCL within professional networks, enhancing visibility and impact.

Appeals and complaints

Grievance procedures

Formal complaints: Addressed through a structured grievance procedure for fair and impartial resolution.

Grievance committee: Comprising impartial editorial board members, investigates and resolves complaints confidentially.

Conflicts of interest resolution: Identification, management, and resolution of conflicts transparently to align with GPCL‘s best interests.

Involvement with predatory journals and publishers

Definition and rationale

Definition: Predatory journals and publishers engage in deceptive practices, compromising scholarly publishing integrity.

Rationale: GPCL strictly opposes involvement with predatory entities to maintain ethical standards, with consequences, including removal from the editorial board.

Criteria for assessment

Evaluation criteria: Assessment of affiliation, collaboration, or association with known predatory journals or publishers to determine potential conflicts.

Implications and consequences: Involvement with predatory entities may lead to removal, emphasizing the severity of such associations.

Commitment to continuous improvement

Regular review: The editorial recruitment policy undergoes regular reviews to ensure effectiveness and relevance, considering changes in scholarly publishing and emerging best practices.

Stakeholder feedback: Actively seeks feedback from editorial board members, authors, and readers during policy reviews, ensuring alignment with evolving academic community needs.

Editor recruitment policy

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