Scientific Editor

The Role and Duties of the Scientific Editor

The scientific editor plays a decisive role in the evaluation process and contributes by guiding the journal in his or her specific area of expertise. The RAE has a committee of 79 scientific editors who have been carefully selected from the most active researchers in each of the subareas of Administration.

In the RAE evaluation process, the scientific editor plays a role similar to the associate editor in many foreign publications. The scientific editor conducts a rigorous review in each area of specialty for all the articles that have been submitted to the RAE and that have passed the desk review.

The Scientific Editor is responsible for the process that has been assigned to him or her, and follows the process until the end of the evaluation flow (approval or rejection), suggesting reviewers for the blind review, making pertinent comments, pointing out with great clarity the topics that need improvement and/or complementing suggestions for improvements.

Criteria for coordination/review

It is expected that the scientific editor’s triage be more focused on translating the state of the art in the specialty that the article deals with, such as: how current and pertinent is the review of the field literature, whether the collection and analysis of data is within the parameters of those practiced in this area, and are the conclusions relevant, etc. Note that this triage is still not a complete evaluation, but rather a verification of the article’s potential in contributing to a specific area of knowledge.

If the scientific editor considers that the article offers a relevant contribution to this area, he initiates the double blind review process in which it will be evaluated by two specialists in this area. The two evaluation reports are consolidated by the Scientific Editor and the Editor-in-Chief and sent to the authors for their response to the suggested improvements. A third evaluator may be invited to participate if the evaluations are deemed insufficient.

When a new version of the article, incorporating the improvements, is returned to the Editorial Office, it will be up to the scientific editor to compare the new version with the previous recommendations for improvement and read the authors’ justifications, which may lead to various rounds of editing. When this process has been completed it is expected that the article has now reached the point where it is publishable.

The name of the scientific editor who coordinated the evaluation flow is included on the first page of every article published in the RAE.

The members of the Scientific Editorial Board should be very familiar with, and in complete accordance with the RAE-publicações Code of Ethics.

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