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Core competencies for scientific editors of biomedical journals: consensus statement

Moher D, Galipeau J, Alam S, Barbour V, Bartolomeos K, Baskin P, Bell-Syer S, Cobey KD, Chan L, Clark J, Deeks J, Flanagin A, Garner P, Glenny A & Groves T (2017) Core competencies for scientific editors of biomedical journals: consensus statement, BMC Medicine, 15 (1), Art. No.: 167.

Additional co-authors: Kurinchi Gurusamy, Farrokh Habibzadeh, Stefanie Jewell-Thomas, Diane Kelsall, José Florencio LapeñaJr, Harriet MacLehose, Ana Marusic, Joanne E. McKenzie, Jay Shah, Larissa Shamseer, Sharon Straus, Peter Tugwell, Elizabeth Wager, Margaret Winker and Getu Zhaori


Scientific editors are responsible for deciding which articles to publish in their journals. However, we have not found documentation of their required knowledge, skills, and characteristics, or the existence of any formal core competencies for this role. 
We describe the development of a minimum set of core competencies for scientific editors of biomedical journals. 
The 14 key core competencies are divided into three major areas, and each competency has a list of associated elements or descriptions of more specific knowledge, skills, and characteristics that contribute to its fulfillment. 
We believe that these core competencies are a baseline of the knowledge, skills, and characteristics needed to perform competently the duties of a scientific editor at a biomedical journal.

Core competencies; Scientific editor; Biomedical journal; Delphi; Expert consensus; Editor role

AuthorsMoher David, Galipeau James, Alam Sabina, Barbour Virginia, Bartolomeos Kidist, Baskin Patricia, Bell-Syer Sally, Cobey Kelly D, Chan Leighton, Clark Jocalyn, Deeks Jon, Flanagin Annette, Garner Paul, Glenny Anne-Marie, Groves Trish
Publication date11/09/2017
Publication date online11/09/2017
Date accepted by journal09/08/2017
PublisherBioMed Central
ISSN 1741-7015

bmc Medicine: Volume 15, Issue 1 (2017)

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