Each Editorial Board member is called an Associate
Editor. He or she belongs to one regional
group and to (at least) one department.
Each regional group is coordinated by a Regional
Editor (RE); each department is lead by the Department Editor (DE). Nominations
are for a two year period.
DE assembles and keeps the information on the
expertise areas of EB members in his or her group.
RE receives papers from his or her region (see
the Instructions for Authors)
and decides to which associate editor the paper should be sent for assessment.
When in doubt, the paper is sent to DE whose department expertise matches
best the paper's content.
To keep track of the paper processing and avoid
overload, each associate editor maintains a page at the journal site,
accessible only by the Editorial Board. On this page, papers processed
by this associate editor will show ordered by reviewer name and date requesting
review (no paper title, no author names). Interested parties (RE, DE,
other associate editors) must consult that home page to avoid overloading
the associate editors and same referees used by someone else in the past
RE may choose not to accept a paper for processing
in case the paper is obviously inappropriate for ITEM.
The associate editor who receives a paper sends
it to two referees (could be EB members) and, depending on the reviews,
recommends to his or her Department Editor whether or not to publish the
paper. If DE accepts the recommendation, the paper is forwarded to print.
It is expected that associate editors who form
a regional group meet at some occasions (formal or informal) and discuss
the ITEM editorial policy and other related issues. In particular, each
regional group's role is to promote ITEM and attract submissions from