Bulletin and Journal of the LMS launch new peer review workflow

The Bulletin and Journal of the LMS have launched a new workflow with a reorganised Editorial Board. The peer review now takes place within 7 subject-focused Sections, each presided over by a Section Editor who has the authority to accept papers. This contrasts with the old workflow where the Managing Editors made the final decisions.

There were many reasons for this change, but most importantly, it made sense to bring the decisions closer to where the specialist expertise resides, so that the journals are better able to make quick, fair decisions. 

The journals are now proud to welcome also papers of specialist interest, provided that there is there is a well-written introduction that sets the research in a context that a wider community of mathematicians can understand. They complement the general-interest papers that the journals are already well known for. We encourage you to consider the Bulletin and Journal as destinations for your research. To submit your paper, go to lms.ac.uk/blms (Bulletin) or lms.ac.uk/jlms (Journal). 

The size of the Editorial Board has increased to accommodate these changes. The role of the Managing Editors has also changed. In the past, the Managing Editors have performed heroic feats in handling very large numbers of papers. Going forward, this task is divided between 7 different Section Editors; the role of the Managing Editors is to oversee and ensure quality and balance between the different subject areas. 

The LMS is both excited and pleased to have completed these changes to the workflow and the Editorial Board, and is looking forward with anticipation to the outcome, which should be a noticeable improvement for authors and in the way their submissions are progressed.

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