As many other academic journals, the structure of the NAJFNR editorial office includes an Editor-in-Chief and a Managing editor, Specialty (SE) and Associate (AE) editors, Advisory editors (Ad-E), software specialist and administrative coordinators.
The tasks performed consist of, but are not limited to:
Managing the peer review process – ensure manuscripts progress smoothly through peer review; reviewers have all the information they need; authors receive a review that improves the quality of their manuscript
Editing – copyediting and proof-reading manuscripts; reformatting manuscripts to conform to journal style and insctructions
Queries – handling problems with submissions and providing further information about the journal such as requests for information on time from submission to acceptance.
The roles and responsibilities of editorial offices are evolving rapidly, in response to the trend of online-based workflows.
Editorial office staff permanently analyzes data such as number of citation, usage, and author submission behavior to determine content that would increase readership using a variety of different criteria.
Contributors who meet the following criteria are eligible for authorship and can be listed as authors:
Substantial contributions to the conception or design of the work; or the acquisition, analysis, or interpretation of data for the work;
Drafting the work or revising it critically for important intellectual content;
Final approval of the version to be published;
Agreement to be accountable for all aspects of the work in ensuring that questions related to the accuracy or integrity of any part of the work are appropriately investigated and resolved.
Contributing to research can be broadly classified into the following categories:
Intellectual (ideas, writing)
Practical (conducting research, data analysis)
Financial (funds, experimental material)
When researchers disagree with the author list or have been excluded from a manuscript which they significantly contributed to, they should consult with their respective institutions for assistance.
In case there is confusion around authorship, contributorship, and to know more about who would qualify to be the lead author, researchers may approach the journal editorial team. The journal would then suggest the best approach. Also, if issues related to authorship are reported to a journal, then the Editor-in-Chief may be involved in resolving the issue.
If there is a large number of authors we may ask for confirmation that everyone listed met the ICMJE criteria for authorship. If they did, we may then require that the authors form a group whose name will appear in the article byline.
We appreciate that authors may be concerned that their work will not be properly recognised if they form a group, but this is unfounded. Medline guidance can handle group authorship and still give each individual due credit:
"When a group name for a specific consortium, committee, study group, or the like appears in an article byline, the personal names of the members of that group may be published in the article text. Such names are entered as collaborator names for the Medline citation."