I want to start a new scientific journal. After doing all he initial work about setting up a journal now I want to know how will I be able to create an editorial board?

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    another journal... Are you sure that your field is not already well covered by existing journals?
    – Cape Code
    Feb 2, 2016 at 13:53
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    1. Is there a journal on this topic? 2. Could I join its existing editorial board? 3. Do we have to compete with other journals? 4. Why should anybody join my editorial board rather than established ones? 5. Why should anybody submit to my journal? 6. Would I submit to this new journal if I had the choice between this and some other famous journal in the field? 7. Is the reason that this is a niche field with growth potential rather than wanting my own ego-journal? Is this an established field but yet without a journal (unlikely!)? YYY/no special reason (nsr)/nsr/N/N/N - on any match, don't. Feb 2, 2016 at 17:30
  • does "I want" refer a journal with unknown publisher? Wat's your aim of starting a new journal? Are you super famous?
    – user24094
    Feb 4, 2016 at 19:01

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Recruiting a strong initial editorial board for a new journal is not easy. There are several important criteria:

  1. You need editors with strong reputations, to attract attention to the journal and inspire confidence that it will be well run.

  2. You need to assemble a group that is diverse enough to cover the full range of submissions within the journal's area of coverage.

  3. You need editors who have enough time and energy to do a good job. Keep in mind that most of the good candidates are already overcommitted.

  4. You need editors who are committed to the success of the journal and who are eager to inform the community about it and solicit submissions.

Ideally, you have a great idea for a journal that fills a troubling gap in the publishing landscape, and prominent people you mention it to say "What a wonderful idea! How can I help?" If that's the case, then you will still have to make wise choices and put in a lot of hard work, but your chances of success are reasonable. On the other hand, if you have to convince people to join the board, or to restrict your attention to people who are eager to join any editorial board that will take them, then you'll have a much more difficult time.

If you don't yet have enough connections in this field to identify and recruit the right people to join the board, then founding a journal is a bad idea (and it would be wise to wait for a point in your career at which you'll be better positioned for success). I don't mean to be harsh, but your question does not inspire confidence. If you do a poor job of setting up a new journal, it will be a negative for the academic community, and it's not easy to do a good job.

After doing all he initial work about setting up a journal now I want to know how will I be able to create an editorial board?

Maybe I'm reading too much into this sentence, but it comes across as suggesting you view the initial work as the hard part. From my perspective, anything that comes before assembling the editorial board is easy compared with the scholarly and management decisions that will follow. The formalities of setting up a journal are easy (which is why there are so many low-quality journals); the hard part is building a high-quality journal that that achieves all your academic goals and operates stably and successfully for many years to come.

  • To operate stably and successfully for years requires funding, and *that" is hard to come by. Juggling all that is where the real work lies, coming up with an idea for a journal, defining a title page, and even finding a decent editorial board, are peanuts in comparison.
    – vonbrand
    Feb 2, 2016 at 15:09

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