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Title: A scoping review of competencies for scientific editors of biomedical journals
Authors: Galipeau, James
Barbour, Virginia
Baskin, Patricia
Bell-Syer, Sally
Cobey, Kelly D
Cumpston, Miranda
Deeks, Jon
Garner, Paul
MacLehose, Harriet
Shamseer, Larissa
Straus, Sharon
Tugwell, Peter
Wager, Elizabeth
Winker, Margaret
Moher, David
Contact Email: kelly.cobey@stir.ac.uk
Keywords: Biomedical
Competencies
Journal
Scientific editor
Scoping review
Issue Date: 2-Feb-2016
Publisher: BioMed Central
Citation: Galipeau J, Barbour V, Baskin P, Bell-Syer S, Cobey KD, Cumpston M, Deeks J, Garner P, MacLehose H, Shamseer L, Straus S, Tugwell P, Wager E, Winker M & Moher D (2016) A scoping review of competencies for scientific editors of biomedical journals, BMC Medicine, 14, Art. No.: 16.
Abstract: Background  Biomedical journals are the main route for disseminating the results of health-related research. Despite this, their editors operate largely without formal training or certification. To our knowledge, no body of literature systematically identifying core competencies for scientific editors of biomedical journals exists. Therefore, we aimed to conduct a scoping review to determine what is known on the competency requirements for scientific editors of biomedical journals.  Methods  We searched the MEDLINE®, Cochrane Library, Embase®, CINAHL, PsycINFO, and ERIC databases (from inception to November 2014) and conducted a grey literature search for research and non-research articles with competency-related statements (i.e. competencies, knowledge, skills, behaviors, and tasks) pertaining to the role of scientific editors of peer-reviewed health-related journals. We also conducted an environmental scan, searched the results of a previous environmental scan, and searched the websites of existing networks, major biomedical journal publishers, and organizations that offer resources for editors.  Results  A total of 225 full-text publications were included, 25 of which were research articles. We extracted a total of 1,566 statements possibly related to core competencies for scientific editors of biomedical journals from these publications. We then collated overlapping or duplicate statements which produced a list of 203 unique statements. Finally, we grouped these statements into seven emergent themes: (1) dealing with authors, (2) dealing with peer reviewers, (3) journal publishing, (4) journal promotion, (5) editing, (6) ethics and integrity, and (7) qualities and characteristics of editors.  Discussion  To our knowledge, this scoping review is the first attempt to systematically identify possible competencies of editors. Limitations are that (1) we may not have captured all aspects of a biomedical editor’s work in our searches, (2) removing redundant and overlapping items may have led to the elimination of some nuances between items, (3) restricting to certain databases, and only French and English publications, may have excluded relevant publications, and (4) some statements may not necessarily be competencies.  Conclusion  This scoping review is the first step of a program to develop a minimum set of core competencies for scientific editors of biomedical journals which will be followed by a training needs assessment, a Delphi exercise, and a consensus meeting.
Type: Journal Article
URI: http://hdl.handle.net/1893/22940
DOI Link: http://dx.doi.org/10.1186/s12916-016-0561-2
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Affiliation: Ottawa Hospital Research Institute
Griffith University
American Academy of Neurology
University of York
Psychology
Monash University
University of Birmingham
London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine
Cochrane Centre UK
Ottawa Hospital Research Institute
University of Toronto
Ottawa Hospital Research Institute
Sideview
Council of Science Editors
Ottawa Hospital Research Institute

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