At CATHALOGUE, we are dedicated to ensuring the publication of high-quality research through the collective efforts of our expert editors and peer reviewers. Our team of editors and reviewers invests their valuable time and expertise to support manuscript refinement in accordance with rigorous publishing standards. The editorial panel comprises experienced professionals from various fields who diligently uphold the highest quality standards for the research processed in our journal.
Guide for Editors
The editorial board of CATHALOGUE prioritizes the confidentiality and scientific accuracy of manuscripts throughout the publication process. We highly commend the invaluable services provided by our expert editors and express our appreciation for the rewarding role they play.
Responsibilities of Journal Editors
The responsibilities of the editorial board are defined based on their specific roles within the board. Our journal boasts a diverse group of professional National and International Editors who contribute to its success. This guide aims to provide a concise overview of the roles and responsibilities of Editorial Board Members. We believe that both the journal editorial board members and anyone interested in understanding the day-to-day work of a journal editor will find this guide immensely valuable.
Editor-in-Chief: The Editor-in-Chief suggests and assists in the recruitment of suitable candidates for the Editorial Board, while also supervising the editors in all departments. The Editor-in-Chief has final authority over the content published in the journal. They ensure the efficient and integrity-driven management of the peer review system, as well as the scientific validity of the published content. Additionally, the Chief Editor takes responsibility for investigating suspected cases of research misconduct.
Managing Editor: The Managing Editor is primarily accountable for in-house supervision and coordination among the editorial committee. They monitor and enforce targets, establish deadlines, and ensure the journal's regularity. Furthermore, the managing editor possesses the authority to hire, promote, or terminate staff members as necessary.
Associate Editors: Associate Editors' responsibilities vary based on their areas of interest and research experience. They are typically involved in editing one or more publications and critically review manuscripts from scientific and technical perspectives.
Technical Editors: Working under the guidance of the Managing Editor, Technical Editors assume responsibility for the technical and intellectual content of the journal within their assigned areas. They ensure the acquisition of in-depth and timely reviews from knowledgeable scientists and uphold the professional integrity of the review process. Technical Editors may delegate the task of corresponding with authors and obtaining necessary revisions.
Editorial Advisory Board Members: Advisory board members provide guidance on journal performance, policies, scope, and development within their areas of expertise and interest. They may be consulted for editorial opinions on individual manuscripts or to suggest reviewers. While they do not make editorial decisions, they actively represent and promote the journal at meetings and conferences. The advisory board plays a vital role in establishing the journal's specific editorial policies.
The Management Member serves as a key liaison between the Pakistan Society of Interventional Cardiology (PSIC) and the editorial team. This individual is not directly involved in the editorial process but holds a crucial role in ensuring the overall success of the journal. Their responsibilities include:
- Strategic Planning: The Management Member is responsible for developing and implementing strategies that align with the goals and objectives of the journal. They work closely with the editorial team to define the journal's direction and enhance its reputation.
- Coordination and Communication: Acting as the primary contact point from the publisher's end, the Management Member facilitates effective communication between the PSIC, editorial board, authors, and reviewers. They ensure smooth coordination of editorial activities and foster collaboration among stakeholders.
- Editorial Meetings: The Management Member arranges and coordinates editorial meetings, where the editorial team discusses journal policies, upcoming publications, and other important matters. They facilitate productive discussions and ensure that decisions are implemented effectively.
- Statistical Tracking: It is the responsibility of the Management Member to maintain accurate records and statistics related to the journal's performance. They analyze and track important metrics such as submission rates, acceptance rates, and publication timelines, providing valuable insights for continuous improvement.
- Financial Management: The Management Member oversees the financial aspects of the journal, ensuring proper allocation and utilization of resources. They collaborate with the PSIC to manage journal finances effectively, including budgeting, revenue generation, and expense management.
Code of Conduct for Editors
All editors at CATHALOGUE adhere to the Editors Code of Conduct, which ensures the highest standard of editorial practice. By following these guidelines, editors contribute to the improvement of the journal's processes and maintain professionalism. The key principles of the Editors Code of Conduct are as follows:
- Actively seek input from authors, readers, reviewers, and editorial board members to improve the journal's processes.
- Provide adequate resources, expert guidance, and appropriate training to enhance editorial performance and elevate the journal's quality.
- Support initiatives aimed at reducing academic misconduct and educating researchers about publication ethics.
- Assess the impact of journal policies on authors and reviewers, and revise policies to improve the accuracy, completeness, and clarity of research reporting.
- Provide clear guidance to reviewers, regularly updating them with relevant information.
- Request reviewers to disclose any potential competing interests before accepting review assignments.
- Encourage reviewers to comment on ethical concerns and potential research misconduct, such as unethical research design or inadequate protection of research subjects.
- Encourage reviewers to ensure the originality of submissions and remain vigilant against redundant publication and plagiarism.
- Utilize diverse sources, beyond personal contacts, to identify potential new reviewers, such as author suggestions and bibliographic databases.
- Follow the guidelines provided by COPE (Committee on Publication Ethics) and ICMJE (International Committee of Medical Journal Editors) in cases of suspected reviewer misconduct.
- Perform expected functions and duties, including acting as ambassadors for the journal, supporting and promoting the journal, actively encouraging submissions of high-quality work, reviewing manuscripts, and accepting commissions for editorials, reviews, and commentaries in their respective areas of expertise.
- Regularly consult with editorial board members, at least once a year, to gauge their opinions, communicate changes in journal policies, and identify future challenges.
- Stay updated with the latest guidelines, recommendations, and evidence regarding peer review and journal management.
- Safeguard policies regarding the publication of individual data, such as identifiable patient details or images.
- Adhere to timelines and announcements pertaining to the journal.