The competences of the editorin-chief of a scientific journal: gaps and trends
Keywords:Editor-in-chief’s skills, Individual skills, Scientific jornal, Professionalization
Purpose – Considering the centrality of the editor-in-chief in the scientific editorial process, this research aimed to investigate what are (if any) the gaps in the current competencies and the future competencies of this professional, according to the evolution of the journals business model.
Design/methodology/approach –The qualitative research method was used, seeking a deeper understanding of the studied group and their professional skills in a practical way. The epistemological approach of pragmatism was adopted, and the semi-structured interview technique was used with a sample of 29 interviews.
Findings – The survey results revealed that the editor-in-chief learns his metier on a daily basis, on-the-job, as a result of a lack of prior preparation, due to the absence of structured training of these professionals. The study showed a change in the competencies of the editor-in-chief, but influenced beyond the scientific business model, involving a broader contemporary scenario of high complexity. Finally, it also contributes by highlighting important skills trends for the editor-in-chief.
Practical implications – It is expected that the results of this research will contribute to institutionalize training and skills development programs for the editor-in-chief and, consequently, for professionalization for the editor-in-chief.
Originality/value – This study deals, for the first time, specifically with the editor-in-chief’s skills, where other studies focus on role, functions and responsibilities.