Role of the Editor
The editor, as a member on the editorial Board of JCST, is responsible for ensuring that the Journal maintains the highest quality while adhering to the JCST publication policies.
Authors are instructed to submit their paper to JCSTeSubmit. The JCST Office will then send the manuscript to the EIC for assigning it to an editor. This not only ensures that our submissions are tracked properly, but also ensures that each paper receives a fair and unbiased review. Any paper that does not go through the review process via JCSTeSubmit will not be recognized as a submission and may not be published.
The most important role of the editor is the identification of appropriate reviewers for a manuscript. For each paper that the EIC assigns, the JCST Office will send the editor a letter requesting that he/she handle the review process of the paper. Editors should assign two confirmed or five unconfirmed reviewers or administratively reject the paper in JCSTeSubmit within two weeks upon receiving their assignment. If the editor decides not to assign reviewers but instead administratively reject the paper, he/she must write a detailed explanation on why such a decision is made.
If a manuscript warrants reviewer assignment, the editor should personally secure the agreement of the reviewers to conduct the review in the allotted time before officially assigning them on as reviewers. This is central to the peer review process and triggers activities in JCSTeSubmit that set the peer review of a manuscript in motion. When a reviewer is chosen, the editor must check for any inaccuracies with the reviewer’s information in the database before assigning a paper to them, or add as a new reviewer if they are not yet included in the system. Corrections to the reviewer's information must be communicated to JCST Office prior to assignment.
Reviewers are principally identified through peer contact, through the reviewer database in the JCSTeSubmit system, or from references listed at the end of the manuscript. Select reviewers across a range of ability. Eager, more junior reviewers balance the more experienced, senior reviewer. It is extremely important that the schedule for conducting the review be met; one way to ensure timely reviews, and that a reviewer not feel overwhelmed, is to request one, but certainly no more than two reviews from a single individual at any given time.
Manuscripts submitted to JCST normally receive two independent peer reviews. Therefore, the editor must find at least two reviewers who accept to review the manuscript by the agreed six-week deadline. After collecting the requested review reports, the editor may recommend an "accept", "reject", "revise and resubmit", or request a "major revision" for re-review. Editors may also request a "minor revision". In that case, the editor must personally re-review the paper before giving it a final acceptance. The editor is to complete and submit the recommendation form. JCST Office will notify the author of the decision.
If a major revision is recommended, the revision will be assigned to the same editor and sent out for a second-round reviews. Usually the same reviewers are used for the revised manuscript, but at the discretion of the editor. If a minor revision is required, JCST Office will send a copy of the paper to the editor for a final decision after receiving the final manuscript.
As a member of the editorial Board, you will be contributing greatly to our prestigious journal and our high standards of peer review. The role of the editor in scholarly publishing is very important: management of the peer review of manuscripts. The editors of JCST are responsible for the consistently high marks our Journal receives in the peer review community. By assuring the selection of appropriate reviewers to identify quality manuscripts, and by efficiently managing the peer review process, the quality and value of our Journal are increased.
JCST has been taking steps improve the time from manuscript submission to publication. One of the hallmarks of quality scholarly publishing lies in rapid publication. These efforts will culminate with JCSTeSubmit, our fully electronic submission and review system. A set of procedures has been devised to significantly reduce our submission-to-publication.