Editorial Compensation Benchmark Study

Does your compensation of key editorial positions reflect the constantly shifting landscape in the journal publishing industry and is it still competitive within your field?

Register today and receive our FREE report on scholarly journal compensation

Whether transitioning to a new editor-in-chief, adding associate editors, or evaluating your editorial budget, journal publishers need reliable data to guide decisions about compensation. But such data can be hard to find. Competitors typically are wary of sharing such sensitive information, making it difficult to know whether your own contributors are being compensated fairly.

No longer. With the 2024 edition of our industry-leading Editorial Compensation Benchmark Study, KGL Consulting is pleased to provide access to these insights at no cost to participating organizations. Our only requirement is that recipients must also contribute to the study by sharing their anonymized compensation data.

Since 2011, KGL Consulting has periodically gathered and reported editorial compensation data to scholarly journal publishers who sponsored our data collection efforts (until now, for a significant sponsorship fee). Our most recent report in 2021 included dozens of journals across a broad swath of disciplines.

These data are presented with context to ensure an accurate basis for comparison with journals in your field and with similar characteristics (e.g. submissions, Impact Factor, revenue, editorial responsibilities). Questions our report can help answer include:

  • How does the stipend for our editor-in-chief compare with journals similar to ours?
  • Are we keeping pace with competitors in remunerating our associate editors?
  • What specialized editor roles are common in our field and how are they compensated?
  • How are editor responsibilities evolving for journals in our field?
  • How are peer journals addressing research integrity issues?

To further increase our benchmarking power and better serve the scholarly publishing community, we plan to open our 2024 report to all scholarly publishers who are welcome to participate gratis. Your contribution will be your willingness to share—under NDA and with KGL’s utmost assurance of confidentiality and anonymity—your compensation data that will drive our benchmarking analysis.

We will be enrolling new participants through July 26, 2024. Please see FAQs about the survey below and submit a survey participation inquiry to learn more about how to register. You can also write directly to Annette Hager, Senior Consultant, with questions or to indicate your interest.

Who participates in the survey?

The most recent edition of the study included journals across scholarly publishing – including medicine and surgery as well as the physical, biomedical, and social sciences. The study includes a mix of society-owned/self-published and commercially published titles.

How do I obtain the report?

Organizations that agree to participate in the survey by sharing their anonymized compensation data with other contributing publishers will be eligible to receive the report. KGL Consulting collects, analyzes, and reports the data to participating publishers.

How much does the report cost?

The report is provided at no charge to all participating organizations.

What data are reported?

Our report will provide low, medium, and high ranges of compensation for editor-in-chief and associate editor positions (including related positions such as deputy editor, section editor, and statistical editor). We also provide breakouts according to broad journal categories (medical/basic science/social science), journal Impact Factor, submissions, acceptance rate, and other relevant covariates.

The study also addresses areas that may impact journal operations and budgets such as evolving editorial position responsibilities and policies related to research integrity.

Is custom analysis of our journals’ compensation policies available?

Yes. KGL Consulting would be pleased to review your editorial compensation policies and provide customized analysis and recommendations informed by our survey results. Scope, timing, and fees for such work will be mutually agreed on a case-by-case basis with survey participants.

Who is eligible to participate in the survey?

The study is open to peer-reviewed scholarly journals that primarily publish original research. Journals that primarily publish other types of content (reviews, opinion, features) are not eligible to participate. Participating publishers agree to complete the survey and share their compensation data (anonymously) with other participants via KGL Consulting’s report.

What is the survey schedule?

July 26, 2024: Registration deadline

August 16, 2024: Survey distributed to participants

September 20, 2024: Data collection deadline

November 8, 2024: Report distribution

What is the confidentiality policy?

KGL Consulting conducts this survey as an independent third party to ensure the confidentiality and consistency of the data provided. All data are held in strict confidence and are reported only in summary form. No attribution is made to any specific data from any participating organization. KGL aggregates data using DOJ “Safe Harbor Guidelines” to ensure full regulatory compliance of the survey report. All participants are required to sign an agreement that confirms they will abide by our confidentiality standards.

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