Editorial Roles and Responsibilities

The editorial processes for EHP Publishing journals are designed to provide authors with constructive, rigorous, timely reviews. The editorial policies, peer review standards, and author communication procedures are established and upheld by the Editors-in-Chief (EICs) in consultation with the EHP Publishing staff editors and Board members, which include:

Deputy Editors (DEs)

Associate Editors (AEs)

Editors-in-Chief

The EICs lead by example to set a tone and manner appropriate to achieve each journal’s aims and scope, mission, and goals. They determine priorities for selecting papers (criteria for evaluation, topics of special interest, etc.), and, with the DEs, oversee the membership of the Board of Associate Editors to maintain an appropriate balance of skills, experience, knowledge, and diversity.

Working with the DEs and Science Editors, the EICs perform preliminary evaluations of new submissions to identify papers appropriate for full peer review and ensure rigorous and fair handling of papers selected for peer review. They make final editorial decisions on revisions and acceptances, and oversee the handling of author queries, appeals, and post-publication concerns in coordination with EHP Publishing staff.

In addition, the EICs act as ambassadors for EHP Publishing journals with societies and other organizations and continually solicit high-quality publications for EHP and JHP. They furthermore maintain journal editorial practices to meet ethical standards in accordance with the Committee on Publication Ethics, especially regarding conflicts of interest.

Deputy Editors

As integral members of each editorial team, DEs help maintain the integrity and quality of the research published. They work closely with their respective EIC to determine whether a manuscript is within the journal’s scope, meets journal standards, and is suitable for peer review.

DEs assign selected manuscripts to AEs for handling and occasionally themselves act as AEs for selected manuscripts. They also work with the AEs in recommending decisions to the EIC on manuscripts after peer review.

DEs are selected for their expertise in their field, broad knowledge of the environmental health science landscape, and access to a diverse network of scientists. These leading researchers are well recognized in their disciplines and serve as ambassadors to their respective scientific communities. They work to encourage authors to submit high-quality work on topics of interest, and in turn ensure that each journal publishes the most influential environmental health scientific discoveries.

Associate Editors

AEs help maintain the integrity and quality of the research published. They work closely with the DEs to determine whether manuscripts meet EHP Publishing standards and significantly advance the state of the science.

AEs identify qualified reviewers for selected manuscripts and ensure the peer-review process is rigorous, fair, timely, and complete. Occasionally they act as peer reviewers for selected manuscripts. They also submit recommendations to DEs to inform decisions on manuscripts after peer review.

Like DEs, AEs are selected for their expertise in their field, broad knowledge of the environmental health science landscape, and access to a diverse network of scientists whom they can invite as peer reviewers. They act as ambassadors for EHP and JHP, and encourage manuscript submissions on topics of interest.