Editorial Board Structure

Every journal depends upon its editor(s) and board for its success.

One essential task for every editorial office is to develop good working relationships with their colleagues and to assist them in their editorial office tasks. It is also important to stay informed of changes to the editorial board and to ensure that updates are made to editor and editorial board listings online and in print. The editorial office administrator is often a key contact for new editors and/or board members who may need assistance in learning the journal’s workflow and the editorial office system.


The editor-in-chief is the lead editor and ultimately responsible (usually by a contractual arrangement) for the academic content of the journal. His/her primary responsibilities usually include:

  • Directing the overall strategy of the journal (in cooperation with the publisher and the society, as applicable).
  • Reviewing and deciding upon submitted manuscripts to ensure sustainable and timely copy flow.
  • Acting as an ambassador for the journal, commissioning content and fielding submission enquires as appropriate.

Associate Editors

Depending on the size of a journal and its topic breadth, a journal may have one or more associate editors. The editor-in-chief delegates work to these associates and may deputize some decisions to them. The exact role of the associate editor will vary from journal to journal, and manuscripts will often be assigned to them based on the topic or country of origin.

Section Editors

A journal may also appoint section editors, who are responsible for reviewing only specific manuscript types, such as book reviews or brief reports. Often, these editors make final decisions on their assigned manuscripts, but the editor-in-chief may wish to review decisions for all sections.

Editorial Board

The composition of a journal’s editorial board may have various objectives:

  • to bring together a range of key individuals within the field who can advise on journal strategy.
  • to act as a ready team of potential reviewers with an active interest in the success of the journal.
  • to add credibility to the journal and/or celebrate important experts in the field. (in this case the editorial board member’s position is largely honorific).

Individuals should be made aware of their responsibilities when invited to join the board.

Editorial Board Meetings

Members of the editorial board meet periodically to evaluate the journal’s health and to discuss overall goals. The frequency of these editorial board meetings varies depending on the specific needs of a journal. Attendees of the meeting also vary from journal to journal.


General Peer-Review Process

In short, all manuscripts submitted for publication in our journals are strictly and thoroughly peer-reviewed. The review process is single blind. If the manuscript is accepted for full review, it will be reviewed by a minimum of two external reviewers.

Submitted manuscripts will undergo a detailed initial check including a Plagiarism Check in the Editorial Office. An Editor – usually the Editor-in-Chief or a board member of the journal – together with the Editorial Office takes charge of the peer-review process. It starts with a Preliminary Review by the Editor (finished no more than 10 days after manuscript submission).

After a manuscript is accepted for full review, the Editor will collect at least two review comments and prepare a decision letter based on the comments of the reviewers (finished no more than 4 weeks after preliminary review). The decision letter is sent to the Corresponding Author to request an adequate revision (peer-reviewed again whenever necessary). The author will be asked to format the manuscript according to WOOS’s template before it goes into typesetting and proofreading with the publisher. The author will receive the paper in PDF produced by WOOS for checking before it is published online.

Join WOOS's Peer-Review Program!
WOOS is academic Open Access publishers worldwide. Manuscripts submitted to all our journals are peer-reviewed. Reviewers are involved in all manuscripts submitted to our journals. Based on the reviewer's comments, a Handling Editor (usually the Editor-in-Chief) is subsequently making a final decision about the way a manuscript needs to be improved. We at WOOS sincerely invite you to join our peer-review program. By participating you will provide help to authors from all over the world and will supply them with your ideas and suggestions based on your valuable expertise.

If you are ready to be a volunteer, please submit your CV to us with email subject: Peer-Reviewer Application. The procedures can be outlined as follows:

(1) Send us your CV;
(2) Become a peer-reviewer;
(3) Receive manuscripts from us, review the manuscripts, and send back your comments within 5 days.



Join the Editorial Board

If you believe that rigorous research deserves to be published, regardless of outcome or perceived impact, you might be a perfect fit for the WOOS Editorial Board.

Are you a scientist looking to contribute your expertise and give back to the scientific community?


WOOS is an inclusive venue for rigorous primary scientific research across all areas of science and medicine. Read more about the journal’s scope and publication criteria.

Editorial Board Values

We aim to provide fast, fair, and objective scientific assessment of research articles. Our editorial philosophy is built on four key values:

Scientific Rigor and Objectivity
We believe submitted research articles should be evaluated on technical rigor, not on perceived novelty, impact, or “journal fit.” We believe that the research community determines the value of the work based on what we read, download, cite, and share.

Openness and Transparency
We publish all articles at PLOS under a CC BY license, and authors are required to make the data underlying their findings fully available. Anyone may read, reuse, remix, or mine PLOS publications or data for any purpose, with author attribution. 

We are committed to upholding the highest standards in human and animal research ethics, and in publication ethics. We play an active role in shaping journal policies.

We accelerate the rate of research communication and dissemination, as well as scientific innovation by reducing “journal shopping” and overall time from first submission to publication. We also aim to reduce wasted time researchers spend repeating the work of other research groups.

Academic Editor Responsibilities

We independently manage the peer review process for each manuscript that we agree to handle. We take responsibility for evaluating submissions, finding and inviting reviewers, reviewing their feedback, making editorial decisions, and communicating the details of our assessment to authors. Further details about the Academic Editor role and responsibilities can be found here. 

Interested in serving on the Editorial Board?

WOOS welcomes volunteers to the Editorial Board who support our mission, values, and commitment to providing a high-quality experience for our authors. 

Academic Editors for WOOS...

  • are active, funded researchers who are either Principal Investigators or who have an equivalent experience level
  • have a strong publication record (20 or more peer-reviewed articles, varies by discipline)
  • are affiliated with an academic, governmental, or non-profit institution
  • have enough room in their professional schedule to accommodate handling one or two manuscripts per month as a new Editor

If you are interested in serving as an Academic Editor, please complete this short form. The WOOS editorial office will be in touch as soon as we are able.

Welcome to WOOS

Defined By You

We hear a lot about prestige from exclusive journals. WOOS was created out of a reaction from scientists that science, to accelerate in pace and value, needed to become more inclusive. Inclusive in scope, in article type, perceived impact, and author background. WOOS answered that need as one of the first Open Access journals that would publish all rigorously peer-reviewed science. Today our WOOS Editorial Board is more strong, encompassing expertise from over 20 key subject areas that intertwine and overlap. We work together to publish research articles every year.

Get Started

We’re so excited you’re joining us! To get to know WOOS, download the New Editor Checklist to help you set up your profile and get ready to handle your first manuscript. You can find more resources to help you through every stage of the peer review process below

Download the full WOOS Academic Editor Handbook.