Debra J. Murie | Editor in Chief, Marine and Coastal Fisheries. Email:[email protected]
I am pleased to announce that the American Fisheries Society’s (AFS) Editorial Office and the AFS Publications Overview Committee has approved a plan to restructure the editorial board of Marine and Coastal Fisheries: Dynamics, Management, and Ecosystem Science (MCF). The editorial board will be realigned to mirror Transactions of the American Fisheries Society and the North American Journal of Fisheries Management with an Editor‐in‐Chief overseeing a team of Editors and Associate Editors. We believe this will allow us to (1) reduce time‐to‐publication and (2) more easily expand the editorial board with a focus on increased international growth and engagement.
- Making the final decision on a manuscript is no small matter and, consequently, Subject Editors need to have significant publishing or editorial experience. This means they usually hold senior roles within their organizations and, for at least portions of each year, have limited time to volunteer towards the editorial process. Marine and Coastal Fisheries will now have three committed Editors fulfilling this role and working in collaboration with many Associate Editors who will provide recommendations based on reviewer comments.
- Disconnecting the two parts of the Subject Editor role (acting as both Associate Editor and Editor) will distribute the workload and allow greater focus on key parts of the process. Editors can focus on manuscript decisions and mentoring Associate Editors, while Associate Editors recruit reviewers and closely monitor the review process.
- An editorial board of 15–20 Associate Editors will be better positioned to cover the broad scope of the journal, and the workload will be cast across a broader base of individuals with overlapping expertise. Manuscript submissions can then be distributed without overextending the Associate Editors, which ultimately should reduce time‐to‐publication.
- A greater variety of qualified professionals can serve as Associate Editors, including experienced senior scientists with time limitations who still want to contribute to MCF, as well as early‐ or mid‐career scientists who may have less experience, but also have fewer scheduling concerns, a passion to learn through the mentoring process, and a lot of energy! Our goal is to recruit Associate Editors throughout this range, including from outside North America. Increasing our international editorial base will have a ripple effect, ultimately expanding the diversity and reach of the journal.
Reducing time‐to‐publication and increasing the international presence of MCF are two longstanding goals of the journal. Moving to an Editor‐in‐Chief, Editor, and Associate Editor structure will position MCF to expand internationally and provide authors with a more consistent and timely editorial experience.
I look forward to this next chapter with MCF and am extremely pleased to announce the inaugural group of MCF Editors: Jeffrey A. Buckel (North Carolina State University), Beatrice Padovani Ferreira (Federal University of Pernambuco, Recife, Brazil), and Kenneth Rose (University of Maryland Center for Environmental Science). Many of the current Subject Editors will continue to serve as Associate Editors, putting their wealth of experience towards MCF, and we are grateful for their continued professional service. This transition will occur over the next two months as we continue to recruit Associate Editors in specialized areas. This process may have a few hiccups, but please bear with us as it will ultimately result in MCF growing in its diversity, international footprint, and prominence.