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Michelle English

Michelle English

Director of Operations, J&J Editorial
Michelle is the Director of Operations at J&J Editorial, which offers professional peer review management, production, copyediting, and consulting services to the scholarly publishing industry. At J&J, Michelle is responsible for the daily operations of the company, as well as working with other executive leadership to execute the company’s mission and strategic goals. Michelle is the Vice President of the International Society of Managing and Technical Editors, serves on the Career Development Committee for the Society for Scholarly Publishing, and is active in the SSP Mentorship Program. She has worked in various editorial office roles since 2010 and prior to that was an editor of scientific and medical textbooks. She holds a master’s degree in English and Publishing from Rosemont College and BA degrees in English and Philosophy from the State University of New York at Geneseo.

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Maintaining Quality Peer Review in Times of Change


Release Date: 07/13/2020, Jennifer Regala, Dana Compton, Karen Stanwood, Michelle English

Related to the topic of maintaining quality peer review when journals undergo structural changes and workflow adjustments, this session will feature a ‘fireside chat’ approach to sharing the panelists’ individual experiences. First, it will highlight pragmatic approaches when journals experience high submission rates and what this means for editors, reviewers, and editorial support teams. Then, it will discuss moving toward transparent and open peer review, including what structural changes are involved and how editors and journals can ensure that peer review quality is maintained during this transition. Finally, it will delve into what editors and operational staff should consider before, during, and after moving to a new peer review submission system, specifically what workflow impacts to expect and how to uphold quality during the process. The intention of this session is to ‘look back to look forward’ and to begin defining best practices in an ever-evolving peer review landscape of new trends, workflows, functionality, and, most recently, new challenges raised by the COVID-19 pandemic.