I was wondering if there is a tool that allows to search for journals where a given researcher is one of the editors.

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    I believe the simplest way to achieve something of that kind would be to look for the CV or research website of said researcher and look if they list their editorship responsibilities.
    – Clément
    Nov 26 '20 at 18:27
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    I do not think there are many researchers that are editor for more than 1 or 2 journals.
    – Louic
    Nov 26 '20 at 18:28
  • I guess if someone wants to advertise what journals they edit for, this will be visible on their web-page. Nov 26 '20 at 18:53
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    Are you trying to avoid a certain editor, or is it something else?
    – Buffy
    Nov 26 '20 at 19:35
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    Alternatively, you could just send them an abstract, ask if they'd like to see the whole paper and, after a bit of communication, asking for recommendations about where to send it.
    – Buffy
    Nov 26 '20 at 20:10


Try Open Editors, a newly published dataset of ca. 480.000 editorial board positions across 6.000 scholarly journals at 17 academic publishers.


There are no open data* about editorial boards yet.

Thus, research articles that analyze the composition of journals' editorial boards unfortunately collect their data manually. For instance, a paper in 2016 writes at p. 4:

We began with a collection of 605 abbreviated titles of journals [...]. Crowdworkers from Amazon Mechanical Turk then expanded those abbreviations into full journal names and collected the individual editorships associated with each journal.

It has not gotten better since then.

However, there is a reason for optimism as ORCID allows users to list their editorial board positions. Unfortunately, ORCID remains underused; but perhaps in the future its API could offer a greater treasure trove regarding data on journals editors. (The same is true with WikiData).

* Note: By "open data" I mean data that are, inter alia, interoperable, machine-readable, structured - see, for instance, the explanation of "Open Data" at the European Data Portal.

  • "There are no open data about editorial boards yet." No, it's listed on journal websites. Nov 27 '20 at 10:56
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    Dear @AnonymousPhysicist, I edited my post to clarify what is understood as "open data".
    – anpami
    Nov 27 '20 at 13:44
  • That's clearer. Nov 27 '20 at 22:55

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