Each journal is established with support of a governing body with recognised expertise in the discipline, area or field with which the publication is concerned. Some books may also establish an Editorial Board or Managing Committee where necessary, such as for a multi-author edited collection, a book series or conference works.
The governing body is primarily responsible for approving staff in key roles, endorsing practices that enable efficient and ethical selection of works to be published, advising on strategies to improve the circulation and impact of the journal, book or conference works, and monitoring performance against strategic aims.
To ensure the impact, integrity and longevity of the scholarly publishing endeavor, the board/committee will:
comprise members who are experts and/or practicing scholars in the relevant discipline, area or field with which the publication is concerned, ideally from a range of institutions and organisations within Australia and overseas. We would normally expect a minimum of two members of the editorial board or managing committee for a journal to be of the academic rank of professor.
approve a Publication Manager or Editor to act as the coordinator for the publication. He or she will be the main contact between UTS ePRESS and the journal, book or conference.
approve other positions and roles as may be required to support the development and longevity of the publication, e.g. editorial assistants, section editors, technical assistants.
endorse strategies that establish and develop the circulation, impact and relevance of the journal, book or conference works, and advise on actions to improve those strategies.
endorse standards of selection, review and editing that are relevant to the scholarly area, including guidelines or policies for submission, assessment, peer-review, copyright compliance, editorial review, publication quality, dealing with complaints, corrections, retractions and conflict of interest resolution (advertising and sponsorship, and roles of editors, authors and reviewers), that meet the criteria identified by the leading authorities in Open Access Publishing: COPE, DOAJ, OASPA and WAME.
endorse courses of action that enable prompt responses to potential issues of concern, such as complaints or appeals from authors or readers, and identifying and preventing cases of research misconduct, such as plagiarism, citation manipulation, falsification of data or results.
meet at least once annually to review activities and provide direction for the future of the publication, including ratification of the UTS ePRESS publication agreement.