Editorial board members for oncology-focused journals may sit on multiple editorial boards at the same time, according to research published in the Journal of Cancer Policy.

Researchers evaluated editorial boards for 73 journals that had an impact factor of 10 or higher and published an average of at least 20 oncology-related articles per year during 2016-2020. 

The team evaluated 5833 editorial roles in all. Most were held by men (68%) and people located in the United States (61%). 

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In 19% of cases, editorial board members had more than 1 concurrent role at different journals. Of the 488 board members with multiple roles, 20% had more than 1 role with the same publisher. 

Board members with multiple roles were most likely to have 2 roles (80%), but some had 3 roles (17%) or 4 or more roles (3%). 

Among editors-in-chief, 23% had another editorial role at a different journal. These roles included editorial board member (48%), advisory board member (28%), and associate editor (20%).

“Carrying multiple roles in oncology journals may negatively affect quality of editorial board member work and/or result in limited opportunities for other interested persons,” the researchers wrote. “Regulations to prevent multiple roles may result in more inclusive and diverse editorial boards.”


Sawalha L, Kelkar AH, Mohyuddin GR, et al. Analysis of repeated roles in editorial boards at oncology focused journals. J Cancer Policy. 2023;35:100380. doi:10.1016/j.jcpo.2022.100380

This article originally appeared on Cancer Therapy Advisor