Generally, functioning of the journal is overseen by an Editorial Advisory board, which consists of eminent and competent researchers in the field, who contribute by inviting contributions and proposing expert opinions on the suitability of submissions. The Editorial board consists of the following important positions:
The Editor-in-Chief is primarily the one responsible for activities conducted for the journal and maintains the right of final acceptance or rejection of manuscripts.
An Associate Editor is a managing editor who directs processing of the manuscripts which entail soliciting manuscripts from potential contributors, assessing the suitability of the manuscript with respect to its scope, managing the peer review process, devising strategies for the progress of the journal, coordinating with the reviewers and board members, taking decisions on the revised submissions and occasionally assisting the Editor-in-chief in final acceptance or rejection of manuscripts.
Regional Editor's role is similar to that of an associate editor like handling and managing submissions and other matters but in respect to specific geographical regions.
Each of our specialty sections is led by a field expert who is recognized for their research. Bentham Science also appoint an active Section Editor, for the "Current Frontiers" section, on the Journal's Board. The core responsibility of the Section Editor will include writing Short Mini-Reviews (about 4 to 5 pages) or soliciting such reviews from eminent experts on cutting-edge recent developments with comprehensive references to recent literature.
Editorial Board Members:
The Editorial Advisory board consists of a panel of researchers having expertise in the relevant field, who are appointed by the authorities of the journal for a specified term of 2-3 years. Editorial board members are required to:
Carry out peer-reviewing of submitted manuscripts
Assess submissions based on the policy and scope of the journal
Organize publication of thematic issues
Invite new authors and submissions
Provide editorials for thematic issues organized under their Guest Editorship
Assist in identifying peer reviewers suitable to a specific topic and provide second opinions on papers in case of reviewer’s conflict
Suggest suitable conferences for the editors to attend
Assist in dissemination of the journal amongst authors, readers and subscribers and encourage colleagues to submit their best work
Suggest competent board members
Associate Editorial Board Members:
The Associate Editorial Board Members consist of young and emerging researchers who are in starting phase of their careers. This section provides a platform to young researchers to interact with experts in the relevant field. They are appointed, for a specific term of 2 years, which is renewable by mutual agreement, after evaluating their contribution and performance towards the Journal. The responsibilities of Associate Editorial Board members is to:
Carry out peer- reviewing of submitted manuscripts
Submit/Solicit review/research articles to the Journal
The editorial board must be geographically diverse, having members from various regions based on their field of expertise, however, the size of the board may vary from journal to journal.
The Editorial board plays an essential role in the progress of the journal, so members are appointed as per the following criteria:
Relevance of expertise
Must have a specific number of publications to their credit
Eminence as per their posts in key research institutes
Potential Candidates for Editorial Board Membership:
Editorial board members are appointed based on the selection criteria stated above. Guest editors, previous authors or peer reviewers who have worked for the journal or have been recommended by other board members can be considered for Editorial board membership.
On being invited to the editorial board, the potential candidates are given a brief description of their responsibilities, and a clear statement of the position being a voluntary position with no remuneration.
A successful journal owes a lot to a competent editorial board, which must serve the journal with dedication and conviction.
Prof. Atta-ur-Rahman, Ph.D. in organic chemistry (Cambridge University, 1968), has over 1,055 international publications including 210 books. He won the UNESCO Science Prize (1999) and was elected Fellow of Royal Society (London, 2006). He was conferred honorary doctorate degrees by many universities including Cambridge University and many others. Furthermore, Prof. Atta-ur-Rahman was elected Honorary Life Fellow of Kings College, Cambridge University, and the Austrian government honoured him with its high civil award “Grosse Goldene Ehrenzeischen am Bande" (2007). He is the only scientist from the Muslim world to be Foreign Fellow (“Academician”) of Chinese and Korean Academies of Sciences. The University of Technology Mara (UiTM), Malaysia, has established “Atta-ur-Rahman Institute of Natural Product Discovery” in his honour. Prof. Atta-ur-Rahman was the Federal Minister of Science and Technology of Pakistan, and he is Chairman of UN Committee on Science, Technology and Innovation for UNESCAP region covering 62 countries.
Dr. M. Iqbal Choudhary is a Distinguished National Professor of Organic Chemistry and Director at International Center for Chemical and Biological Sciences (H. E. J. Research Institute of Chemistry and Dr. Panjwani Center for Molecular Medicine and Drug Research). He is among the most prominent scientists of Pakistan, recognized for his original contributions in the fields of natural products and bioorganic chemistry. He has written and edited 50 books, most of which have been published in USA and Europe. He is also the author of over 900 research papers and chapters in top international science journals of the West, as well as 43 US patents. The cumulative impact factor of his publications is over 1,750. This is by far the largest number of quality publications from any scientist in Pakistan. He has been among the most cited scientists of Pakistan in last five years with citations exceeding 11,000 (h-Index: 41).
Davide Barreca is an Associate Professor of biochemistry at the University of Messina. He is
specialized in enzyme modulation by natural compounds, inhibition of protein aggregation and
activation of signal apoptotic cascade. Most of his research projects concentrate on separation and
identification of unknown flavonoids, structural-activity elucidation, and biochemical analysis of
their health promoting or cytotoxicity properties on cells culture. He is author of over 90 papers in
peer-reviewed journals, 30 chapters in books, and 70 conference proceedings and reviewer of over
40 international scientific journals.