Editorial Board Member

The Editorial Board of the Journal of Cannabinoid Medicine will:

  • Review submitted manuscripts
  • Advise on journal policy and scope
  • Identify topics for special issues, which they may guest edit
  • Attract new authors and submissions
  • Promote the journal to their colleagues and peers
  • Assist the editor(s) in decision-making over issues such as plagiarism claims and submissions where reviewers can’t agree on a decision
  • Submit their own writings on occasion
  • Submit papers on occasion
  • Add credibility to the journal and/or celebrate important experts in the field


Editorial Board Responsibilities:

Editorial Board structure:

The formation of the Editorial Board is done through incorporating global experts with excellent academic track records and expertise in the respective journal subject. There is no restriction in the number of the Editorial Board members. Editorial board members must qualify the following major facts:

  1. Should have a Ph.D. degree or MD in the relevant subject
  2. Must have good publication record
  3. Should hold a significant position in a University, Research Institute or other such organizations


Editor Responsibilities toward Authors:

  • Providing guidelines to authors for preparing and submitting manuscripts (on website)
  • Providing a clear statement of the journal’s policies on authorship criteria (on website)
  • Treating all authors with fairness, courtesy, objectivity, honesty, and transparency
  • Establishing and defining policies on conflicts of interest for all involved in the publication process, including editors, staff (e.g. editorial and sales), authors, and reviewers (on website)
  • Protecting the confidentiality of every author’s work
  • Making editorial decisions with reasonable speed and communicating them in a clear and constructive manner
  • Being vigilant in avoiding the possibility of editors and/or reviewers delaying a manuscript for suspect reasons
  • Establishing clear guidelines for authors regarding acceptable practices for sharing experimental materials and information, particularly those required to replicate the research, before and after publication (on website)
  • Establishing a procedure for reconsidering editorial decisions (on website)
  • Describing, implementing, and regularly reviewing policies for handling ethical issues, allegations, or findings of misconduct by authors and anyone involved in the peer review process (on website)
  • Informing authors of solicited manuscripts that the submission will be evaluated according to the journal’s standard procedures or outlining the decision-making process if it differs from those procedures (on website)
  • Developing mechanisms, in cooperation with the publisher, to ensure timely publication of accepted manuscripts (on website)
  • Clearly communicating all other editorial policies and standards (on website)


Editor Responsibilities toward Reviewers:

  • Assigning papers for review appropriate to each reviewer’s area of interest and expertise
  • Establishing a process for reviewers to ensure that they treat the manuscript as a confidential document and complete the review promptly (on website)
  • Informing reviewers that they are not allowed to make any use of the work described in the manuscript or to take advantage of the knowledge they gained by reviewing it before publication
  • Providing reviewers with written, explicit instructions on the journal’s expectations for the scope, content, quality, and timeliness of their reviews to promote thoughtful, fair, constructive, and informative critique of the submitted work (on website)
  • Requesting that reviewers identify any potential conflicts of interest and asking that they recuse themselves if they cannot provide an unbiased review
  • Allowing reviewers appropriate time to complete their reviews
  • Requesting reviews at a reasonable frequency that does not overtax any one reviewer
  • Finding ways to recognize the contributions of reviewers: for example, by publicly thanking them in the journal; providing letters that might be used in applications for academic promotion; offering professional education credits; inviting them to serve on the editorial board of the journal

Editors have the responsibility to inform and educate readers. Making clear and rational editorial decisions will ensure the best selection of content to contribute to the body of scientific knowledge.


Editor Responsibilities toward Readers and the Scientific Community

  • Evaluating all manuscripts considered for publication to make certain that each provides the evidence readers need to evaluate the authors’ conclusions and that authors’ conclusions reflect the evidence provided in the manuscript
  • Providing literature references and author contact information so interested readers may pursue further discourse
  • Identifying individual and group authorship clearly and developing processes to ensure that authorship criteria are met to the best of the editor’s knowledge
  • Requiring all authors to review and accept responsibility for the content of the final draft of each paper or for those areas to which they have contributed; this may involve signatures of all authors or of only the corresponding author on behalf of all authors. Some journals ask that one author be the guarantor and take responsibility for the work as a whole
  • Maintaining the journal’s internal integrity (e.g. correcting errors; clearly identifying and differentiating types of content, such as reports of original data, opinion pieces [e.g. editorials and letters to the editor], corrections/errata, retractions, supplemental data, and promotional material or advertising; identifying published material with proper references)
  • Ensuring that all involved in the publication process understand that it is inappropriate to manipulate citations by, for example, demanding that authors cite papers in the journal
  • Creating mechanisms to determine if the journal is providing what readers need and want (e.g. reader surveys)
  • Disclosing all relevant potential conflicts of interest of those involved in considering a manuscript or affirming that none exist. Sample correspondence related to this topic is available on the CSE website
  • Providing a mechanism for a further discussion on the scientific merits of a paper, such as by publishing letters to the editor, inviting commentaries, article blogs, or soliciting other forms of public discourse
  • Explicitly stating journal policies regarding ethics, embargo, submission and publication fees, and accessibility of content (freely available versus subscriber only)
  • Working with the publisher to attract the best manuscripts and research that will be of interest to readers
  • In some instances, a publisher may put pressure on an editor to publish a review or article in an effort to increase reprint sales. The editor has a responsibility to readers and the scientific community to resist such pressure


Editor Responsibilities toward Journal Ownership:

Journals are typically owned by professional societies or associations, foundations, universities, hospitals, research institutions, libraries, governmental organizations, non-profit organizations, or commercial publishers.

  • Conducting peer review of submitted manuscripts
  • Complying with the guidelines and procedures of the owner organization, including any terms specified in the contract with that organization
  • Making recommendations about improved evaluation and dissemination of scientific material
  • Adhering to the owner’s and publisher’s fiscal policies towards the journal, at least in so much as they do not encroach upon editorial independence
  • Adhering to the agreed-upon mission, publication practices, and schedule

Meeting all obligations, which sometimes compete against one another, and handling the demands of other individuals and groups require that the editors have editorial freedom, comprising both authority and autonomy. It should be recognized that this is a difficult challenge and, therefore, editors should not hesitate to consult peers and/or organizations, should concerns or uncertainties arise.

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