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- Medicine Access and Rational Use > Rational Use
(2005; 165 pages)
5.4.1 The editorial team
Whatever the size of the editorial team, its members should:
• strongly agree with the objectives of the bulletin, which means that there should be a clear and explicit editorial policy;
• have no conflict of interest with any institution, organization or company that could impair the independence of the bulletin. Some bulletins ask editors to sign formal declarations (ISDB is developing a model conflict of interests policy. Check the web site at: http://www.isdbweb.org);
• clearly define how much time they can devote to the bulletin;
• have had relevant training in therapeutics and/or public health;
• be capable of critical analysis and synthesis of data;
• have a reasonably good knowledge of English, as many scientific articles are available only in English;
• include health practitioners, for example, doctors and/or pharmacists and/or nurses; ideally an editorial team should include different types of professionals;.
• include patients and lay people in the editorial team in addition to the above if the bulletin is aimed at the public and patients.
The editorial team is responsible for selecting and defining the outline of topics for articles, editorial planning, ensuring the necessary documentation, organizing the work of authors and reviewers, quality control, and analysis of feedback from readers. It has the overall editorial responsibility for the articles published in the bulletin and for the bulletin itself. Usually, one person acts as chief editor, and has ultimate responsibility for decisions about the bulletin’s content.
Case study: Sri Lanka Prescriber
There are no full-time members of staff; we all work part-time on the bulletin. There are three editors and an editorial board comprising pharmacologists, medical specialists and a pharmacist. We do not have a separate office for producing the bulletin. The editorial board meetings are held at the Department of Pharmacology and we use departmental computers, printers and photocopiers. The editorial board meetings are convened by the secretary to the editorial board, who is responsible for taking minutes, writing to selected authors and liaising with the publishing organization.
Contributed by Gita Fernando, Sri Lanka Prescriber [http://www.spc.lk].