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Citation Information : Australasian Journal of Neuroscience. Volume 27, Issue 1, Pages 4-5, DOI: https://doi.org/10.21307/ajon-2017-101
License : (CC-BY-NC-ND 4.0)
Published Online: 13-November-2017
We’ve come a long way….
As I approach a milestone third decade of being a Registered Nurse, everywhere around me tells me that we are surrounded by ‘change’ and that if you don’t go with the flow, you’ll be swept aside. Nursing and medicine are in continuous motion, constantly changing, formulating ways for improvement and best practice.
Some of you may remember the days of spinal surgery and the use of ‘pillow packs’ and log rolls for several days. Nowadays no one lies in bed. The hospital in which I work reported on the world-first vertebral artery stent. Now, stenting is hardly uncommon.
Today, the news is reporting that an Australian neurosurgeon has completed a world-first surgery removing a vertebral chordoma and successfully replacing the vertebra with a 3D-printed body part. Constant change.
So what have I learned in the seven years in the editor’s role? I have learned to check and recheck, that submissions don’t just come in automatically, that there are many people around to assist and that neuro nurses do great things!
In keeping with the state of constant movement, it is time to hand the editorial responsibilities over to Linda Nichols. Linda is a neuro nurse and academic from the University of Tasmania.
She was a regular provider of manuscripts for the AJoN over the years and I encourage you as members/readers to send in your manuscripts for publication. What you are doing out there makes a difference – why not tell people?
To assist Linda in her new role, I asked the question:-
What is an Editor? The Collins Dictionary describes the editor as a person who is in charge of, determines selection and revises the final content of material for publication in a newspaper, magazine, or book.
The editor’s role encompasses many points including–
Publicising the AJoN and encouraging submissions.
Screening manuscripts and sending to the Review Team for peer comment.
Final decisions: Once peer review has been completed, the editor decides on final acceptance or rejection.
Communication: the editor is required to communicate to the ANNA Executive formally & informally as well as the Review Team and prospective authors.
Ethical dilemmas: Occasionally, the editor is asked to make decisions concerning ethical issues such as possible plagiarism or multiple submissions of the same material to other journals.
Administrative & Technical duties: The editor participates in numerous procedures essential to publication of the AJoN including the makeup and layout of each issue. Manuscripts are converted by the Editor from a Word document to a Publisher file and formatted before being sent to the printers as a PDF. Factors that must be considered include the quality and size of figures/tables and proofreading of the final version before the print-run.
All the best Linda!