Developing an Effective Editorial Board

June 11, 2019 Shannon Canney

On March 28th and 29th, Wiley hosted a group of journal editors at the 2019 North American Editor Symposium at our headquarters in Hoboken, New Jersey. The theme of the symposium, “Practicing diversity and inclusivity: your role as Editor-in-Chief”, was reinforced throughout the program with a series of keynote lectures, a roundtable with local Early Career Researchers, a panel discussion, and practical workshops. 
Indubitably, an essential element of ensuring a journal represents and serves the global research community is maintaining an inclusive Editorial Board. A workshop facilitated by Shannon Canney (Senior Editor, Editorial Management), Eric Prager (Editor-in-Chief, Journal of Neuroscience Research), and Mark Spencer (Executive Editor, Editorial Management) walked editors through the process of surveying the makeup of their boards in terms of gender, age, career stage, race, ethnicity, geography, and topical expertise. By exploring a case study, the group discussed best practices for establishing expectations, rotations, and delivering ongoing feedback to board members. Above all, the workshop was an opportunity for editors to raise challenges that they are currently experiencing and receive advice from fellow editors. Many editors left the workshop pondering steps that they will take to engage with their boards and explore ways to make it a more diverse resource for their journals.

Learn more about the workshop that took place and the discussion that ensued by viewing a detailed summary here

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