There are many tasks involved in publishing a journal and just as many ways to approach them. Below are some toolkits and checklists that provide a more comprehensive overview of the types of work involved in journal publishing. Your journal may not need to do everything listed here, but it can be helpful to have a more complete understanding of the types of work that could be involved.
As you develop your journal, you want to decide how often you will publish. To grow an audience, you will want to make sure you publish at regular intervals. You need not publish continually, but setting expectations and a steady set of calls for submissions will raise the visibility of your journal and agenda.
Keep in mind that you will need to balance different types of work and several calendars. A Managing Editor can organize and schedule calls, submissions, author communications, and publication preparation. These tasks can be delegated across committees, but it’s important to coordinate the many moving pieces. Some stages of the process can be outsourced at a cost – see the Platforms page for more info. If you choose not to do your processing in house, you may need to dedicate journal efforts to fundraising.
Documentation should happen as you go and receive regular revision. It’s important to keep in mind how you will onboard new editors and how you communicate your process to contributors.
As editors and publishers of a journal, you have to juggle many articles at their different stages of publication. There is software designed to help manage submissions, but implementing a system is as important as finding one. Once you establish your publication schedule, you will need to build in time for calls to be open, editors to review, desk rejections and reviewer requests to be sent, reviews to be collected, decisions to be made, communications with authors about reviews, time for revisions, final editorial decisions, copy editing, as well as preparation for publication. Below are two of the most common tools used for submissions management: