B – Outsourcing of editorial processing

Sellwood S. Editorial processing: to outsource or not? Learned Publishing 2012;25(3):225-230
(doi: 10.1087/20120310)

This article examines the reasons why outsourcing the editorial assistant function might be of benefit to a journal, either on a temporary or permanent solution. It also examines the practical considerations of entering into such an arrangement – what should be looked for in a partner company and what can be expected from such a relationship. Finally, it offers a case study, i.e. the experience of the Journal of Pathology, who have outsourced their editorial assistant role for over four years. This would allow publishers and societies to make informed choices.