Bylwas for IranNamag
Original draft—16 August 2014; revised 21 March 2016; revised 23 April 2016
The journal shall be titled Iran Namag: A Quarterly of Iranian Studies.
II. Mission Statement
Iran Namag is a peer-reviewed interdisciplinary journal dedicated to critical and comparative analyses of the histories, cultural productions, social and gender relations, politics and economics of Iran and the Persianate world. It particularly seeks to foster theoretically and historiographically innovative scholarship that is simultaneously engaged with the global and grounded in the local.
III. Organizational Structure
- The organizational structure of Iran Namag consists of the following positions: Editor-in-Chief, Senior Editors, Guest Editors, Book Review Editors, Production Coordinator, Copy Editors, Digital Editor, Artistic Editor, Assistant Editors, Editorial Interns, Editorial Board, and Advisory Council. The Editor-in-Chief determines the constitution of the editorship and the succession of editors.
- The members of the Editorial Board are the official representatives of Iran Namag, and they are responsible for providing strategic guidelines for the improvement and future direction of the journal, to solicit articles, to propose special issues, and to enhance its scholarly standing.
- To promote the quality of submissions and the efficiency of the editorial office, the Editor-in-Chief is assisted by Senior Editors who may range from one to four scholars representing various subfields of Iranian Studies. The Senior Editors are members of the Editorial Board and are accountable to, and work at the discretion of, the Editor-in-Chief.
- The Editor-in-Chief shall be selected by the Senior Editors and the Editorial Board for a renewable five-year term.
- The Editor-in-Chief shall organize the Book Reviews Section of the Journal and is assisted by Book Review Editors ranging from one to four.
- Should the current Editor-in-Chief for whatever reason be unable to continue in this position, s/he will be responsible for nominating a new Editor-in-Chief in close consultation with the Senior Editors, the Editorial Board, and the Advisory Counsel.
Duties of the Editor-in-Chief
- The Editor-in-Chief bears responsibility for the screening of submissions and for the selection of articles to be published in Iran Namag. In collaboration with the Senior Editors and Book Review Editors, the Editor-in-Chief examines all submissions, sends all those deemed appropriate in quality and approach to two or more reviewers, and decides whether to accept, reject, or request revision and resubmission of manuscripts. The Editor-in-Chief makes every effort to evaluate submissions promptly and judiciously.
- The Editor-in-Chief ensures that the journal’s procedures and academic quality are adhered to and has final determination of the content of all issues.
- The Editor-in-Chief is responsible for developing a sustainable editorial structure that allows for the professional and efficient functioning of the Editorial Office, which is located at the University of Toronto.
- For special issues, the Editor-in-Chief, solicits, invites or considers contributions to Iran Namag and entertains proposals for such issues. Special Issues are comprised of several original articles that cover a range of topics within a given theme. In close collaboration with the Editor-in-Chief, the Guest Editor(s) have the responsibility of defining the subject matter, and role, of every article in the issue. Guest Editors should not simply leave each article to the discretion of its author, but rather give each author an idea of what their article should cover so that it coheres into the issue as a whole. A Theme Issue will have a cohesion that owes much to its Guest Editor. It is important to spell out the domain of each article, to ensure both a complementary approach and the absence of overlap. Above all, the Guest Editors should work to cover all the relevant angles of the topic, while minimizing any repetition between the articles.
Duties of the Editorial Coordinator
- Under the general direction of the Editor-in-Chief, the Editorial Coordinator is responsible for all stages of journal production, from overseeing the online manuscript tracking system, to the peer-review process, to typesetting, layout and design, to generating proofs, printing, distributing, and the marketing of the journal.
- The Editorial Coordinator assists editors, authors, and peer reviewers with the submission, peer review, and production processes and responds to their concerns and queries.
- The Editorial Coordinator monitors the editorial budget, and develops, directs, and implements strategies to improve the journal’s financial performance and to achieve its budgeted annual financial results.