The role of the Associate Editor in scholarly publishing is essential to quality of the journal and its peer review process. Rigorous peer-review of all papers that appear in transactions is required by the IEEE and papers are selected for publication only on the basis of merit and appropriateness. The Associate Editors are responsible for the quality, consistency, and impact of our journals in the research community. This is achieved by selecting qualified, independent and experienced reviewers to review the submitted manuscripts, and by efficiently managing the peer-review process.
While the manuscripts will be directly submitted to Manuscript Central and all communication will be handled electronically, there are interactions that can only be performed by the Associate Editors to foster effective communication with the reviewers and the authors. These communications are important functions of the Associate Editor and represent the value added by each Associate Editor.
Although you may currently be serving as an Associate Editor or reviewer for one or more publications of other IEEE Societies, the procedures set out by each journal of IEEE EMBS may be different. Therefore, we request that you read the general guidelines of the Guide for Associate Editors and the Peer Review Process to ensure you are fully aware of the workflow of the review process and how you will interact with the Editorial Office, the reviewers, and the authors in fulfilling this important role of being an Associate Editor.