For Journal Editors: Maximising the Impact of Your Journal

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Key features

Supports journal editors with strategies to improve the visibility and the impact of their journal

Includes a workbook with keypoints, activities to reinforce the content, and additional online resources

Attendees work together in group activities and discuss challenges that their journals are facing


1-day live workshop delivered by an expert trainer

Classroom style

Available in-person or virtually


Up to 30 early-career journal editors

Can be broad-focused or tailored to one of five research areas: life sciences, physical sciences & engineering, Earth & environmental sciences, clinical medicine, or social sciences

Masterclass For Journal Editors: Maximising the Impact of Your Journal

Journals are essential to allow researchers to share their novel study and insights with the research community. Therefore, developing and maintaining an effective journal is crucial to support these goals. However, many researchers do not receive training on how to develop their journal to ensure it is adding value to the field and is highly visible to authors and readers. This 1-day workshop reviews best practices and practical strategies to help editors achieve these goals. Nature Masterclasses workshops are available in-person and virtually.

For Journal Editors: Maximising the Impact of Your Journal workshop - led by experts

Strong editorial vision

  • Discusses the importance of having a strong editorial vision for the journal, including how to evaluate trending topics as well as competing journals
  • Discusses how to write a clear aims and scope that helps authors identify your journal as the most appropriate platform to reach their target readers
  • Reviews organising the structure of your journal, to best help you achieve your aims

Efficient editorial workflow

  • Discusses how to organise your editors to best handle submitted manuscripts based on subject expertise
  • Reviews how to choose a good editorial board, as well as practically applying their responsibilities
  • Discusses improving the lead times of submitted manuscripts, including how to successfully implement efficient peer review
  • Reviews the importance of yearly journal evaluation at editorial board meetings to continually develop and improve the journal 

Productive peer review

  • Discusses the importance of the peer review process and how to find the right reviewers to evaluate submitted manuscripts
  • Reviews how to communicate with reviewers so that they know what is expected of them from the journal during this process
  • Highlights how to evaluate reviewer reports to make editorial decisions, and how to manage poorly written review reports, conflicting comments, and biased reviewers

Improving visibility

  • Reviews ways to improve the visibility of the journal to the field
  • Discusses what online indexes like Web of Science, Scopus, and MEDLINE are looking for and how to increase your chance of acceptance for inclusion in these indexes

This workshop will help us to better collaborate with the editorial board and authors to improve our journals

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