The ACRP Editorial Advisory Board holds responsibility to contribute to and support the publication of the Clinical Researcher as the preeminent resource for peer-reviewed articles about the clinical research profession and to provide members of ACRP with news and information that enhances their professional development as members of the clinical research enterprise.
Goals and Objectives
Committee members will ensure that information presented in Clinical Researcher fosters the professional development of ACRP’s members and reflects their preferences in a way that is accurate, fair, balanced, and effective. Committee members will also:
- Submit and solicit content, promoting Clinical Researcher (and ACRP) at professional and membership events.
- Provide sufficient, timely, and unbiased peer review of submitted feature articles, columns, editorial pieces or advertising as requested by the ACRP Editor-in-Chief.
- Stay aware of practices of other industry publications so that Clinical Researcher can benefit from best practices.
The scope of authority for the Editorial Advisory Board includes; in collaboration with the Editor-in-Chief selecting a theme for each issue of Clinical Researcher and making recommendations to the Editor-inChief for appropriate guest editors based on the theme. The guest editor may also offer suggestions in collaboration with the Editor-in-Chief, review the cover art and order of articles as well as the lead/cover article for the issue. No changes will be made to the issue’s theme, cover or articles without consultation with the guest editor.
Board members serve as or suggest expert reviewers of proposed content according to EAB-approved criteria and ensure that the Home Study articles in each issue meet the requirements for ACCME, CBRN, and other accrediting bodies, as needed. Committee members also recruit authors and occasionally submit material for Clinical Researcher, review the content of Clinical Researcher so that each EAB member is familiar with its contents and can offer constructive comments and suggestions. It is also important that committee members provide the Editor-in-Chief with a list of skill sets so that each EAB member will be called upon to review only submissions relative to his/her area of expertise. Board members also provide vetting of columns in Clinical Researcher.
It is critical that committee members devote sufficient time to participate in and contribute to committee activities.
The EAB will meet via monthly teleconferences, as required to keep the bimonthly issues of Clinical Researcher properly planned and moving forward.
- Consists of up to 15 volunteer members, who are active members in good standing with ACRP.
- Will be drawn from the ranks of educators and experienced leaders with diverse relevant backgrounds principally in clinical research, regulatory affairs and compliance, and training.
- The committee will be composed of a variety of clinical research professionals across the spectrum of job roles and experience levels, such as CRCs, CRAs, PIs, Data Managers, Project Managers, Line Managers, Directors, etc.
- Includes one representative from the ACRP Training and Development Committee. This position may be ex-officio.
- Members should have prior experience with preparing and reviewing articles for scientific, peer-reviewed publications
- Includes at least one member from the Association Board of Trustees (ABoT), appointed by the ACRP Board, who holds equal voting rights and is a fully functioning member of the committee.
- Leadership will entail a committee Chair and a Vice Chair, who are appointed by the ACRP Board of Trustees.
Role of Chair
The EAB Committee Chair is responsible for leadership and facilitating the work of the committee in the planning and delivery of the professional development and editorial content.
Role of Vice Chair
In the absence of the Chair, the Editorial Advisory Board Vice Chair is responsible for leadership and facilitating the work of the committee. Although it is the intent to have succession planning within committees through mentoring of all committee members including the Vice Chair, it should be understood that, based on the needs of the committee, the Vice Chair may not automatically ascend to the Chair position at the completion of his/her term as Vice Chair.
Role of the Committee ABoT Liaison
An ABoT Liaison is appointed to each committee in order to build a stronger connection between the committee and the ABoT and provide added support and recognition of the work being accomplished by the committee. The ABoT Liaison is a fully participating member of the committee. He/she serves as the voice of the committee at ABoT meetings and, when needed, provides update reports on behalf of the committee to the Board. Conversely, the ABoT Liaison also provides clarification around strategies outlined by the ABoT that directly affect the committee and its work. The ABoT Liaison serves a one-year term with the possibility of being reappointed during his/her service on the ABoT. The ABoT Liaison may not simultaneously serve as Chair or Vice Chair of the committee.
Role of the Committee Staff Liaison
The committee staff liaison provides all necessary support to the Chair, Vice Chair, and all the committee members to facilitate the work of the committee, including setting up meetings and helping to prepare the materials. As per the International Committee of Journal Medical Editors (ICJME), all content and advertising decisions rest with the Editor-In-Chief.
Staff Liaison: Editor-in-Chief
- Committee members will serve a two-year term and based upon performance may serve one additional sequential term of two years.
- Members may return to serving on the committee, per the needs of the committee, after a one year break in service.
- If an individual has served two two-year terms, he or she may be appointed as Chair for an additional one-year term. Those who have not completed two two-year terms may also be appointed as Chair at any time during their service on the committee.
- All EAB members as well as the Chair and Vice Chair are appointed and approved by the ABoT, with input from the EAB Chair, Vice-Chair as well as the Editor-in-Chief and other ACRP staff.
Skills and Expertise
- It is critical that committee members devote sufficient time to participate in and contribute to committee activities.
- Core skills and expertise of committee members required to meet the committee’s goals and objectives will be assessed annually to determine how open committee positions are filled.
- Skills and expertise will be determined annually by the ABoT Executive Committee, Committee chair, and staff liaison.
- Expertise may include:
- Broad experience in clinical research with an ability to critique a manuscript not necessarily in their own area of expertise.
- Experience with ACRP mission and what Clinical Researcher represents to our members
- Good analytical and critical skills
- Experience with editorial and/or publication processes
- Good organizational skills
- Articulate and cogent in providing feedback
- Collaborative attitude
Related Working Groups: None
- Will maintain regular contact with the ACRP editorial staff to discuss and monitor the content, and performance of Clinical Researcher.
- Expected to participate in EAB meetings to discuss the editorial direction of Clinical Researcher.
- Should complete peer reviews each month as needed.
- Submit an annual report to the ABoT.
- Keep the committee’s work aligned with the Strategic Plan.
- The staff liaison is responsible for providing an orientation to all committee members.
Annual Goals for 2017
- Deliver professional development content that will meet the needs of ACRP membership.
- Provide content that enhances the value of ACRP membership.
- Assist in the publication of bimonthly issues, and any additional special issues, of Clinical Researcher with relevant and timely content.
- Plan for the replacement of committee members due to term completion and open spaces.