The administrative structure of Limnology and Oceanography: Methods
consists of an Editor-in-Chief, a Managing Editor, an Editorial Board, and Associate Editors. The duties, responsibilities and interactions of each are detailed below.
- Responsible for overall content and for guidance as the journal develops.
- Screens submitted manuscripts and rejects unsuitable manuscripts without review.
- Assigns manuscripts to the Associate Editors for review.
- Acts as arbitrator between Associate Editor and author in the event of a dispute or impasse.
- Contacts authors with decisions.
- Shares routine journal operations with Managing Editor.
- Interacts with the ASLO Board.
- Reviews operational procedures periodically to achieve the most rapid throughput consistent with high standards.
- Tracks all manuscripts and ensures that Associate Editors, reviewers and authors remain on schedule.
- Evaluates summary statistics (e.g. time from submission to publication) as a measure of operational success.
- Provides "help desk" service to Associate Editors, reviewers and authors using the Manuscript Submission and Review System.
- Provides assistance to authors having difficulty with graphic quality and automated PDF file generation or reading.
- Interacts with copy-editing and formatting service.
- Checks final manuscripts prior to posting.
- Maintains journal website, including posting manuscripts, checking links, administering access controls, and interacting with subscribers.
- Monitors download statistics to spot possible copyright abuses.
- Advises the Editor-in-Chief regarding the content, development and direction of the journal.
- Suggests new Associate Editors and advises the Editor-in-Chief regarding the suitability of proposed Associate Editors.
- Identifies research areas in need of review and synthesis articles, and recommends potential authors of such syntheses.
- Appointed to two-year terms.
- Advises the Editor-in-Chief regarding the suitability of manuscripts.
- Accepts assignment of 1-2 manuscripts per month.
- May reject unsuitable manuscripts without review.
- Selects reviewers and requests reviews.
- Recommends accept/revise/reject decisions to the Editor-in-Chief after formal review of assigned manuscripts.
- Suggests changes in wording or style for manuscripts to be revised.
- Recommends acceptance or rejection of incremental updates to articles, and procedural comments on articles published in Limnology and Oceanography: Methods.