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A Year of Editor Spotlights: Tips from Academic Editors

In this post, we are excited to highlight tips for Academic Editors, Authors and Early-Career Researchers from our Academic Editors.

This post is part of our “A Year of Editor Spotlights” series to celebrate the work and contribution of our Editorial Board members in our Editor Spotlight.

Please check out:

“A Year of Editor Spotlights: Editorial Board Experience” to read about PLOS ONE Editorial Board experiences by our Academic Editors.

“A Year of Editor Spotlights: Thoughts on Open Science and Community Engagement” for thoughts on Open Science and Community Engagement by our Academic Editors.

Tips for Academic Editors

When I review manuscripts and function in my Editorial Board role, I see each manuscript as an opportunity to contribute knowledge and advance the field.

Jennifer Campbell

I prefer to dedicate early mornings and some weekends to research and editorial activities. This allows me to spend the calmest hours of the day on tasks that need focus.

Andrea Zerboni

(It is important to be) maintaining a good communication with the authors and reviewers, providing a proper explanation for your editorial decisions, and sending the authors additional recommendations not mentioned in the reviewers’ reports.

Branislav Šiler

My approach to (a fair and thorough peer review process) is to focus on my expertise and offer a quality check of the work that is directly in my line of work.

Achraf El Allali

Tips for Authors

My main advice to the authors who want to submit to the journal is always provide high quality figures, tables with extensive literature search to support your findings.

Afsheen Raza

Tips for Early-Career Researchers

I find gratitude is essential in this process – you are as good as, if not better than, your team. Be a team player and be grateful to the people you meet along the way. Pay it forward when you can.

Ooi Pei Boon

Attend conferences and seek out networking opportunities whenever possible. They will be your best resource in laying the groundwork for your research as well as improve your presentation and communication skills.

Innocent Ijezie Chukwuonye

Disclaimer: Views expressed by contributors are solely those of individual contributors, and not necessarily those of PLOS.

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