The editor position is an immensely rewarding one and provides editors with skills that are important for any career path. UMBC is renown for its research opportunities and by working in research publication, the UMBC Review editors can further their research experiences to a more behind-the-scenes approach to research. As a bonus, the editor position includes a stipend, and the editors as a collective receive exclusive access to an office and its resources on the fourth floor of Sherman Hall.
There are two possible positions: the Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics Editor and the Arts, Humanities, and Social Sciences Editor. The editors may split the papers according to expertise in order to facilitate the work; however, all editors in the end are responsible for all papers. If an editor is unavailable during a semester due to studying abroad, the other editor(s) serve to fill that void. Diversifying the editor positions by discipline might not be possible every year, but it is highly desirable as it mitigates some of the barriers that are inherent of an interdisciplinary journal.
Editors wear many hats. First, editors are responsible for advertising and spreading the word about the UMBC Review. This may involve providing workshops or continual webpage updates. Second, the editor remains in contact with the authors, reviewers, faculty mentors, and proofreaders in order to ensure all details are given the appropriate attention. Third, and most importantly, the editor decides which papers are to be published and edits the accepted papers, scrutinizing for as many errors as possible. Fourth, the editor works closely with the design team, as the papers are handed back and forth, looking for any errors made due to typesetting. The editor should ensure that the accepted authors get to see their work regularly and are pleased with the progress. Fifth and finally, the editor distributes the final product to the appropriate people and is critically involved with the distribution of the book at URCAD, when new editors first begin their job and are introduced to the team.
Proper writing skills, superb organizational skills, excellent communication skills, and overall timeliness and diligence are a must for this position. Candidates should consider what commitments that they will have to juggle with the editorial position and how well that they think that they can perform all of these tasks. Being an editor is not an easy task, and if you have any concerns about your obligations or abilities, we highly recommend that you take the time to speak with the current editors to assess whether this position is right for you. Candidates must be willing to commit many hours to the UMBC Review.
Editors have to hold frequent meetings with each other and with the faculty adviser, Dr. Susan McDonough. The time, location and frequency of the meetings will be determined by the editors and Dr. McDonough. During these meetings, the editors will update Dr. McDonough and each other on the progress of that week along with fend any questions or concerns that may come up. While it is an option to decrease the frequency of the meetings after the designer hand-off, that is for the editors and adviser to decide.
As can be seen by the timeline, the editor position is a year-long position that demands attention and time to put in the necessary work. Besides having good communication skills that editors will employ when emailing authors, advisers, and reviewers, any interested candidate should be prepared to read and make educated comments on the manuscripts that will then be taken into editing. Another important expectation of the editor, if a non-graduating student, is to train new editors on the process and serve as “senior editor” in that subsequent year. This is not always possible with the student’s schedule, such as having study abroad commitments or a winter graduation date, but it is highly encouraged that the accepted editors continue with The UMBC Review until graduation.
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