How we...uphold editorial quality

How we...uphold editorial quality

For all knowledge and information intermediaries, the quality of the information they deal with is central to their work. At the Institute of Development Studies (IDS) over the last ten years, we have developed a range of Knowledge Services to encourage access to, and use of, development research and information. But how do we decide what material to include in our services and what to exclude? What selection criteria do we use? How do we decide between one report and the next? Making these choices and upholding editorial quality is a daily challenge for people working with knowledge and information. Developing a reputation for quality is essential to build the trust and credibility with users and stakeholders that will enable a knowledge or information service to realise its objectives.

This edition of the "How we..." series looks at the quality of the material selected for inclusion in IDS services, and covers:

  • how do we understand editorial quality?
  • what are our editorial values?
  • how do we establish editorial scope?
  • how do we identify content?
  • how do we uphold quality on a day-to-day basis?
  • what staff and structures do we use?
  • how do we review our service quality?