E-JASL: The Electronic Journal of Academic and Special Librarianship


Date of this Version

Winter 2005

Document Type



Electronic Journal of Academic and Special Librarianship (Winter 2005) 6(3). Also available at http://southernlibrarianship.icaap.org/content/v06n03/banks_j01.htm.


Copyright 2005, the authors. Used by permission.



This paper reports the interviews of five Emerald Group and three electronic journal editors. Several topics were discussed, including the definition of a peer reviewed journal article, the role of the editor, the work involved in editing, the role of the editorial board, ways to get on the editorial board, the acceptance rate of the journal, and topics of interest for future publication. The experience provided insight into the working mechanisms of journal publishing and clearly showed that there are many similarities among the editors’ roles, relationships, workloads, and understanding of the peer review concept, no matter which format is considered.