About this Chapter

EASE has a number of members in four of the countries of the Nordic region, Denmark, Finland, Norway and Sweden. However, many of those working in editorial roles on scientific journals often feel isolated, with relatively little reach or influence. Even the larger players recognise their need to develop their teams and widen their horizons and knowledge base, especially in topics like manuscript handling systems, peer review and journal editorial policies.

To support these needs, EASE established a Chapter for the Nordic region following a consultation exercise during the summer of 2022. The Chapter will provide a mechanism for those in each of the four countries to collaborate on a regional basis. It will provide a strong platform from which individuals and teams can develop their skills and knowledge, promote their value and increase their representation internationally.

What are the aims and objectives of the Chapter?

The Chapter brings together individuals and organisations interested in developing and improving scientific communication and publishing by:

  • providing training and professional development in scientific editorial practice
  • taking advantage of the skills and expertise in the EASE Council and special interest committees to support regional activities
  • improving communication and dissemination of scientific output
  • Improving the visibility and reach of Nordic scientific journals internationally and supporting them to meet international standards and be indexed in international databases
  • exchanging ideas and knowledge related to scientific publishing
  • providing networking opportunities to learn from each other and share experiences.

Planned and ongoing activities

  1. Create a mailing list of journal editors and those from the scientific and scholarly communication and publishing communities within the Nordic region. This has been started and is ongoing.
  2. Identify local moderators to facilitate discussions on the chosen topics from invited speakers.
  3. Prepare a simple needs analysis survey to identify support requirements and send to list created in 1.
  4. Schedule quarterly ‘Get-togethers’, to be held virtually to encourage engagement.