The main role of the Editorial Board of the Mediterranean Journal of Rheumatology is to support the operation of the Journal within specific terms of reference which are regularly reviewed; to oversee papers that are submitted for review; play a leading role with certain submissions and liaise with the authors about revisions, if necessary.  Editorial board members will be fully supported in these tasks by the professional editors of the journal so that their task is not onerous at all. Appointment to the Board is initially for a three year term of office, which may be extended for up to a further three years by agreement to achieve optimal continuity and balance of expertise in the Board.

All members of the Editorial Board of the Mediterranean Journal of Rheumatology must abide by the ICMJE (International Committee of Medical Journal Editors, http://www.icmje.org/) and COPE (Committee of Publication Ethics, http://publicationethics.org/) guidelines.

The following points outline some of the duties proposed to Editorial Board members, as guidelines for efficient workflow, if possible:

  • Identifying key topics to include in the journal and inviting key authors on these topics to submit an article;
  • Providing reviews, when invited, of papers submitted for consideration;
  • Establishing and defining policies on conflicts of interest for all involved in the publication process, including editors, authors, and reviewers;
  • Assigning Peer Reviewers to evaluate submissions and overseeing the workflow from peer review to publication, and providing second opinions on papers (e.g., where there is a conflict between reviewers);
  • Bringing to the attention of the Board potential contributors, and acting as a source of advice to authors;
  • Liaising with the author(s) to oversee revisions and preparation for publication;
  • Liaising with the Chair and Managing Editor to ensure the efficient conduct of the business of the Editorial Board;
  • Identifying new topics for commissions, special editions and advising on direction for the journal, by giving feedback on past issues and making suggestions for both subject matter and potential authors;
  • Providing content by writing occasional editorials and other short articles
  • Identifying appropriate conferences for editors to attend;
  • Attending meetings of the Board up to twice a year, usually to coincide with major international conferences.