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Core competencies for scientific editors of biomedical journals: consensus statement

Moher, D; Galipeau, J; Alam, S; Barbour, V; Bartolomeos, K; Baskin, P; Bell-Syer, S; ... Zhaori, G; + view all (2017) Core competencies for scientific editors of biomedical journals: consensus statement. BMC Medicine , 15 , Article 167. 10.1186/s12916-017-0927-0. Green open access

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Abstract

Background: Scientific editors are responsible for deciding which articles to publish in their journals. However, we have not found documentation of their required knowledge, skills, and characteristics, or the existence of any formal core competencies for this role. Methods: We describe the development of a minimum set of core competencies for scientific editors of biomedical journals. Results: The 14 key core competencies are divided into three major areas, and each competency has a list of associated elements or descriptions of more specific knowledge, skills, and characteristics that contribute to its fulfillment. Conclusions: We believe that these core competencies are a baseline of the knowledge, skills, and characteristics needed to perform competently the duties of a scientific editor at a biomedical journal.

Type: Article
Title: Core competencies for scientific editors of biomedical journals: consensus statement
Open access status: An open access version is available from UCL Discovery
DOI: 10.1186/s12916-017-0927-0
Publisher version: http://doi.org/10.1186/s12916-017-0927-0
Language: English
Additional information: Copyright © The Author(s). 2017 This article is distributed under the terms of the Creative Commons Attribution 4.0 International License (http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/4.0/), which permits unrestricted use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided you give appropriate credit to the original author(s) and the source, provide a link to the Creative Commons license, and indicate if changes were made. The Creative Commons Public Domain Dedication waiver (http://creativecommons.org/publicdomain/zero/1.0/) applies to the data made available in this article, unless otherwise stated.
Keywords: Core competencies, Scientific editor, Biomedical journal, Delphi, Expert consensus, Editor role
UCL classification: UCL
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > School of Life and Medical Sciences
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > School of Life and Medical Sciences > Faculty of Medical Sciences
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > School of Life and Medical Sciences > Faculty of Medical Sciences > Div of Surgery and Interventional Sci
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > School of Life and Medical Sciences > Faculty of Medical Sciences > Div of Surgery and Interventional Sci > Department of Surgical Biotechnology
URI: https://discovery.ucl.ac.uk/id/eprint/1576376
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