Welcome for new editors

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Dear Editor,
Welcome to Elsevier! As a journal editor, you play a vital part in the academic publishing process. At Elsevier, we strive to honor your editorial contribution by applying analytics to help institutions and professionals advance healthcare, open science and improve performance for the benefit of humanity. We would like to take this opportunity to thank you for your efforts on behalf of your journal and hope that you enjoy your new role.
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Your publisher will be in touch to welcome you to your new role and to provide you with the most relevant information for your journal. In the meantime, we have provided a collection of the most useful resources and tools below. If anything is missing or if you have any feedback on this page, please get in touch.

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Getting started

  • As well as your Editorial Team and your Editorial Board, you’ll also be working directly with authors and reviewers. Check out these resources for more information about each role and the parts they each play in the publishing process.
  • If you haven't already done so, get to know the Elsevier team who'll be supporting you in your editorial work.
  • Want to know more about Elsevier?  Are you interested to see how we help advance healthcare and science? Do you want to find out more about how we enable access? Read about Elsevier.
  • As you adjust to your new role, it’s very likely that you will have questions about the peer review process. Read more about what goes on, how you fit in and the different models of peer review that exist (and their advantages and disadvantages).

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  • The journal homepage will serve as one of your most useful resources – bookmark it now! It contains information about the publishing policies of the journal, open access information, shows the listings of the editorial team and Board and showcases the latest articles, as well as providing information about the current performance of the journal under various metrics.
  • There may be times when you need to look up a policy in order to respond to a query from an author or reviewer or deal with an issue during the peer review process. You’ll find a wealth of information here (and for anything else, or in case of confusion, please reach out to your publishing contact).
  • Unfortunately, ethical breaches do occur from time to time and even if it’s not the first time you come across one, you may well find it helpful to have a helping hand. Our Publishing Ethics Resource Kit is a comprehensive resource to help you navigate through such an issue and you will find plenty of practical and easy-to-follow guidelines here.
  • Are you looking for information about how we support open access? This page is a good place to start and you'll also find information and details specific to your journal on its homepage.
  • Are you dealing with a copyright or permissions question from an author? You might want to consult (or direct them to) this useful page.
  • Elsevier provides many tools which will prove highly valuable in your editorial work. You may well be familiar with these already, but for further information on ScienceDirect, Scopus, Mendeley and our other research platforms, see here.
  • Want to know how your journal is doing? Part of your role as editor is to try to increase the quality and usefulness of the journal. Attracting high quality articles from areas that are topical is likely to be the best approach. However, practices that “engineer” citation performance for its own sake, such as forced self-citation are neither acceptable nor supported by Elsevier. To check your journal’s progress towards whatever goals you have agreed with your publishing contact, make use of these tools.
  • We also want to know how you are doing in your role as editor and that’s why we launched the Editor Feedback Program. On an annual basis, we collect anonymized feedback from you across a number of areas, from support for submission through to peer review and the final publication of the articles. Your views are incredibly valuable to us and we strongly encourage you to complete the survey when you receive an invitation. It is an opportunity for you to tell us honestly and openly what you think of us. We're listening!

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Stay connected

With Elsevier’s communication channels, you can keep up-to-date with your publications, new discoveries in your field, and hot topics in the community. You can also follow us on social media (see links in the footer below); your Marketing Manager will be able to confirm if there are any dedicated social media channels serving your area/journal.

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Editors' Update

Editors' Update is an online resource to keep editors in touch with the latest industry and Elsevier developments. It also provides information on the support and training available to you. The comment function at the bottom of each article provides a valuable forum for you to share your views, stories or examples of best practice with your peers. Sign up now.


Find out how to keep tabs on new issues, articles and other content appearing on ScienceDirect and Scopus with free alerts to help you stay current.

ScienceDirect Alerts

Search alerts notify you when a stored search retrieves new results

  • Volume/issue alerts notify you when new issues of selected journals are available
  • Topic alerts notify you when new articles pertaining to a specific topic are available
Scopus Alerts

Scopus alerts are email notifications of new content. These alerts are also available in a mobile application. To set up alerts and manage your preferences, visit My Alerts 

  • Search alerts notify you each time a saved search renders new results
  • Author citation alerts notify you when a document by one of your selected authors is cited
  • Document citation alerts notify you when one of your selected documents is cited

Check out Mendeley

Mendeley is a global collaboration platform that makes your life easier by helping you organize your papers, citations and references, accessing them in the cloud on any device, wherever you are. Try it today!

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Help & support

Should you need any assistance in your role as editor, please reach out to your Publisher, Journal Manager or visit our support center.