Milos Djukic

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Writing and Editorial Board in Social Networks

Writing and Editorial Board in Social Networks

As a professor, I also feel the need to boost people. It's my job.

With due respect to all ideas about an advisory editorial board, my opinion is that this approach is not entirely correct. People need to understand that whether it is one voice or one hundred thousand voices, the act of personal persistence by itself is priceless.

Putting of selected individuals only in a place of editors brings with it a number of shortcomings and pushing us away from the essence of social networking. "Who's Who" or "Top Writers List" in a professional or social network? No, Thanks.

I have been fortunate to meet and work with some very gifted, including scientists and writers. They do not supervise, they listen to learn and realize how little they know. They are buddies. They laugh at themselves a lot.

What we need is all the authority with none of the fright and all the respect with none of resentment.

Writing and publishing in social network is more like transparent teaching and completely free mutual shaping of perception without editorial board, algorithmic control, influencer marketing, and selective promotion.

The future of this publishing platform (complex adaptive system) is based on freedom, teaching, personal development, and equality.

We need self-organizing system in order to be adaptive and sustainable. We need co-evolution of all writers here and that means same rules for all without editorial board. Any kind of intervention is ultimately fatal for the one who “manipulated” within complex adaptive systems.

The concept of networking in the field of science and technology has its own specifics that include mutual exchange of experience, expertise and knowledge. It seems to me that the situation is very similar in other professional branches.

We also need to change our behaviour in order to ensure best fit. Yes, we all need very high quality of the written word.

There are numerous reasons why each fully dedicated writer must invest an extraordinary efforts. It is very easy for a writer to surrender in front of the pervasive and intoxicating magnetism of superficiality. It's costly and has unpredictable consequences.

Fortunately, considerable credit to beBee team for reaching out, engaging, listening, hearing, understanding, communicating, acting, reacting, committing, and delivering is completely justified.

All text Copyright © 2014-2017 by Milos Djukic - All Rights Reserved


Image 1: "Drawing Hands" (1948) by M.C. Escher - source

Image 2: M.C. Escher’s paradoxical ‘Drawing Hands’ by Shane Willis - source


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Javier 🐝 CR

3 months ago #71

#70 @Nick Mlatchkov 

You are right ! Greetings !

Nick Mlatchkov

3 months ago #70

Javier 🐝 CR

3 months ago #69

Respect among users, even if they disagree, and freedom of expression will always be beBee's flags.

Javier 🐝 CR

3 months ago #68

Javier 🐝 CR

3 months ago #67

I am very glad to read again this article by @Milos Djukic . After going through bad times we have been able to read this article with a new beBee up and running. A beBee that will continue betting on the freedom of content, that everyone can express themselves freely without limitations, including putting short posts (in Groups) that Milos demanded so much. I hope that this new beBee can bring thousands of teachers like Milos, whose goal is to promote their students and help them. And not to make distinctions between influencers and others, as happens in the big networks. BeBee aims to continue democratizing this, and that everyone has the right to be seen, to express themselves, to read and write. To learn and to teach.

Nick Mlatchkov

3 years ago #66

Secrecy in research is justified up 'til the findings are published and that's necessary for its truthfulness ...

Louise Smith

3 years ago #65

Touching humanity & science in a public arena breaks the secrecy of research ?

Milos Djukic

4 years ago #64

Thank you Lisa Vanderburg!

Milos Djukic

4 years ago #63

Thank you very much for the kind words dear Edward Lewellen.

Debasish Majumder

4 years ago #62

Great buzz sir Milos Djukic! enjoyed read and shared. thank you for the share.

Lisa Vanderburg

4 years ago #61

Totally agree Franci\ud83d\udc1dEugenia Hoffman, beBee Brand Ambassador stands tall and untarnished, IMHO! Outside of the momentary side-tracking to consider editorial control, or academia prowess, I see Milos Djukic - with always his gentleness and graciousness aforethought, offer us a 'reminder' THINK before we write, to be pure in our intent, and to reach for our individual best to ensure a quality buzz. Personally, I tend to get caught up in so many exceptional buzzes, yet I long to produce more myself, so something has to change! Comments to buzzes are important here, and they have a tendency to take the conceptual side of the buzz off in different directions which is the point of an open platform and can be wonderfully enlightening! But, one runs the risk of some decidedly derisive ones that are destructive....I've been caught up in those with good intentions, but it inevitably demarcates a 'side' which I don't care for at all. Hence, I end up with no time to make any contribution of my own. IMO, this buzz of Milo's has taught me that - most grateful, my friend!

We exchange roles between writers and editors. This is the democracy of the internet. Thank you again for writing this this lovely buzz Milos Djukic

Lisa Vanderburg

4 years ago #59

Love this, Milos Djukic, there's no greater barrier to the natural and wholesome exchange of ideas than planning on 'winning'!

Proma 🐝 Nautiyal

4 years ago #58

Thank you for this great post, Milos Djukic. I totally agree without. Especially with the part about algorithm control. It is such a restriction that makes kind of hinders the creative juices from flowing, a kind of manipulation nonetheless. Writers learn to adapt and follow but to what extent. That remains to be answered.

Lada 🏡 Prkic

4 years ago #57

You're welcome, Milos. The topic is important.

Milos Djukic

4 years ago #56

Thank you Lupita Reyes.

Milos Djukic

4 years ago #55

Thanks Lada \ud83c\udfe1 Prkic :)

Milos Djukic

4 years ago #54

Thank you John White, MBA entitled: "The Internet Is Manufacturing Idiots…Is beBee The Antidote?" (, Yes it is, beBee is the antidote, believe it or not. The most popular social media, known as the mainstream media, are responsible for what is called a mediated culture by sociologists or a content based on what majority wants to see and hear. However, this is often an illusion because there are imposition of favored content, authors and sources that are carefully selected by the editorial board and a company's in–house marketing team, and which are used for the transformation and reshaping of public opinion. This is also the reason for a lack of authenticity and self-organization on mainstream media, while that is not characteristic for a young social media such as beBee. And that's one of the reasons why I wrote "Writing and Editorial Board in Social Networks". This is an article about the mainstream SM (networks) and potential pitfalls, which has a broader meaning.

John White, MBA

4 years ago #53

Scheduled a 249 tweet campaign over the next month. Buzz! #MyTweetPack CC: Paul \

Joel Anderson

4 years ago #52

Grit is that 'extra something' that separates the most successful people from the rest. It's the passion, perseverance, and stamina that we must channel in order to stick with our dreams until they become a reality. - Travis Bradberry

Milos Djukic

4 years ago #51

Gerald Hecht, I'm happy to hear that. The topic is not simple...

Milos Djukic

4 years ago #50

Thank you Paul Walters.

Paul Walters

4 years ago #49

Milos Djukic The words in this post echo through your numerous comments on writers posts on this site. All of them much appreciated I am sure. Thank you

Milos Djukic

4 years ago #48

Right Paul \!

Milos Djukic

4 years ago #47

"Inside a Writer's Mind: Paul Croubalian" by Paul \ on LinkedIn

Milos Djukic

4 years ago #46

Thank you Linda Skarrup. Wish you the same, all the best, my friend!

Milos Djukic

4 years ago #45

Thanks Bill Stankiewicz, \ud83d\udc1d Brand Ambassador and discussion too.

Great post here

Ian Weinberg

4 years ago #43

I totally agree with this Gerald Hecht

Milos Djukic

4 years ago #42

Michael O'Neil, I am glad to hear that. World of Research 2015 report by Elsevier (free download): "World of Research 2015 provides key statistics of the world’s top 77 research nations. Produced by Elsevier Analytical Services, the 350-page hardback book gives a snapshot of essential research indicators for the most prolific countries and regions in the world."

Milos Djukic

4 years ago #41

"Scientists can’t fight 'alternative facts alone" by Jenny Rohn.

Milos Djukic

4 years ago #40

"Science is the invisible profession. Most people have no idea what scientists do, and may harbour a vague feeling of suspicion or uneasiness about the whole endeavour. Never seeing scientists participate in normal life only enhances the sense that they are the ‘other’, doing things that are ‘secret’ and by extrapolation, potentially dangerous." - by Jenny Rohn, from article titled: "Scientists can’t fight 'alternative facts" on

Milos Djukic

4 years ago #39

Gerald Hecht, Michael O'Neil, nd all other members who are looking for a personal and collective truths and untruths. I hope that this is one of the ways how to overcome the utopian aspects of a collective search process within a complex adaptive system based on collaboration which also includes participation of all. #50 #46 #45 #44 #39 #26 #21

Laurent Boscherini

4 years ago #38

Thank you dear Milos Djukic for sharing your excellent reminder so concise as an emergency shot.

Lance 🐝 Scoular

4 years ago #37

👍👌 👥ed 🐤🐳🔥

CityVP Manjit

4 years ago #36

What I am reading here speaks to creating a different type of space and with a different value system based on whole systems. To make that work one has to learn to build on other people's ideas and exercise new realities of networks that requires new ways of thinking. It would nice to think that this kind of network would have the same level of success as an open source network like Linux. Yet when I look at the relationships between those in Linux community, the underlying reality of that network community is far more viscous then I could have ever contemplated Linus Torvalds defends his right to Shame Kernel Developers Within that group are people who want to stand up for politeness and respect and if that actually works then there should be a space for it, but Linux was born more in the spirit of its inspiration source, where Linus Torvalds is quoted as saying " "venting of frustrations and anger is actually necessary, and trying to come up with some ‘code of conduct’ that says that people should be ‘respectful’ and ‘polite’ is just so much crap and bullshit.” That is the space of software and techies which is not a genteel world that research should ideally be. So the second article is of interest which addresses academic assholes. Academic assholes and the circle of niceness Creating a thinking space for a researcher seems to be a far different proposition then techies hammering out code in the spirit of Open Source. The anarchic Linux community is a different beast to the reserve of a researcher collaborating in a safer space. A complex adaptive system based on collaboration is for now a utopian possibility, but it is worth trying. At the end of the day the outcome here is WHAT WORKS - and that kind of emergence requires new spaces.

Ian Weinberg

4 years ago #35

The greatest evolution of knowledge, understanding and awareness occurs in a self-regulating environment in which mentoring, based on sensitivity and mutual respect, is the mode of instruction. Thanks for sharing this buzz Milos Djukic

Milos Djukic

4 years ago #34

You are welcome @Julio Angel \ud83d\udc1dLopez Lopez.

Julio Angel 🐝Lopez Lopez

4 years ago #33

I am also of that opinion. Thank you Milos Djukic

Milos Djukic

4 years ago #32

@Julio Angel \ud83d\udc1dLopez Lopez, I would always give priority to the idea. Idea is born first as a shy. Their path to the paper is a very complex. Often, each of us has some obstacles and certain restrictions regarding an expression of inner thoughts. Thanks.

Julio Angel 🐝Lopez Lopez

4 years ago #31

Very interesting, Milos Djukic I would like to leave a question in the air. If we have to choose a single option? The important is the idea or how to express it? Thanks

Milos Djukic

4 years ago #30

Thanks dear Donna-Luisa Eversley.

Milos Djukic

4 years ago #29

Absolutely Franci\ud83d\udc1dEugenia Hoffman. The writing process takes a long time. I almost quit writing outside my profession, but I read a lot of content on beBee, including yours. Thanks!

Quality writing will promote itself and bring warranted recognition to the author. A seasoned and confident writer will not disappoint their audience if their work is authentic and professional. Pascal Derrien nailed it with his comment, IMO.

Milos Djukic

4 years ago #27

Here is another excellent series about writing: "Learning To Write For Yourself" by Jim Murray: Part I: Part II: Part III:

Milos Djukic

4 years ago #26

"Writing as I know it..." by Savvy Raj:

Milos Djukic

4 years ago #25

"Writs on Writing" by Gert Scholtz:

Milos Djukic

4 years ago #24

Thank you Deborah Levine for your series.

Milos Djukic

4 years ago #23

Thank you very much Tausif Mundrawala. I love your poetry. Best, Milos

Milos Djukic

4 years ago #22

Some great advice by Phil Friedman and other writers: 1. "About Writing About Writing" by Phil Friedman on beBee: 2. "Writing Effective Press Releases" by Phil Friedman on beBee:

Milos Djukic

4 years ago #21

Here is an excellent series about writing: "How I Became an Award-winning Writer" by Deborah Levine: Part I: Part II: Part III: and Conclusion:

Milos Djukic

4 years ago #20

True Tausif Mundrawala, my fiend, through joint activities aimed at improving writing and through discussions, I believe it is possible to raise the quality. Thank you for your participation in discussion.

Milos Djukic

4 years ago #19

I agree with you Pascal Derrien. I am glad that people in the social media know how to recognize quality other than virality numbers. We are all sometimes skeptical, but I've always believed in the power of the written word.

Milos Djukic

4 years ago #18

Phil, my friend, Thank you for your clarification. Kind regards, Milos

Pascal Derrien

4 years ago #17

If well balanced it can work but I agree about the danger of the teacher's pet syndrome is real and I am very allergic to it, I have zero interest in golden stickers and others gimmicks, virality numbers etc.. are not quality indicators even though it is always nice to attract new contacts and point of views I suppose

Phil Friedman

4 years ago #16

PS-Milos, because you have quoted "authorities" on the nature and meaning of the term"Editorial Board", I should like to point out that 1) in my comments, I do NOT use that term, but rather the expression "Editorial ADVISORY Board" which denotes something quite different, and 2) that the common meaning of "Advisory Board" is as follows "An advisory board is a body that provides non-binding strategic advice to the management of a corporation, organization, or foundation. ... the advisory board does not have authority to vote on corporate matters ..." (Wikipedia). The key terms here are "advice" and "non-binding". Cheers!

Phil Friedman

4 years ago #15

I repeat, my suggestion for an Advisory Editorial Board specifically EXCLUDED the power or ability to "refuse articles in social network" (your words). My suggestion has to do with exemplars, not control of what is accepted or rejected. Which is why I say it is a straw man argumentnto continue to assert that it necessarily does. BTW, social media, as it is now, is far from being egalitarian, witness the manipulations of management at Facebook and LinkedIn, as well as the status labels employed on beBee. As I see it, an Editorial ADVISORY Board is actually a potential counter-balance to arbitrary management control, and one that encourages such egalitarianism. IMO. Cheers!

Debesh Choudhury

4 years ago #14

Milos Djukic I agree with you .. There is no need of an editorial board in the social media .. People should follow the ethics and pour their feelings with due respect to others' points and without hurting others .. and if some people do the opposite, they will color themselves unfit and harming elements of the social media

Milos Djukic

4 years ago #13

Thank you for the kind words.

Milos Djukic

4 years ago #12

Thanks Phil Friedman. A straw man argument do not exist and I did not mention censorship. I made a review of the duties related to the job. No one can refuse article in social network because of the poor quality of writing or content.

Phil Friedman

4 years ago #11

Milos, I agree with you that publishing on social media is what I call Volkspublishing. However, there is no reason to necessarily associate an Advisory Editorial Board with censorship or even peer review. And to say or imply this is to create a straw-man argument. In answer to a question from a reader, I recently, on an installment of "He Said He Said", suggested an Advisory Editorial Board for beBee. This is exactly what I said: "Establish an advisory Editorial board to develop a set suggested guidelines for articles and a library of examples of paradigm posts. Such a board could be voluntary and with staggered rotating membership... in my vision, such a board would be advisory and exemplary only. It would not have the power to reject content. That power would reside only with ownership and management which, as a matter of fact, it does now." Cheers!

Milos Djukic

4 years ago #10

Taylor & Francis ( What does the role of editor look like in 2016? 1. Strategist: strategically, the editor has to be steeped in current developments and issues, not only in the academic discipline, but also in scholarly communication. 2. Opportunist: I am always looking for many things, including people who would be useful editorial board members, subject topics that could be covered in a review paper, individuals who have the potential to become authors, and topics that would lend themselves to being themed issues (and who could be the guest editor). 3. Collaborator and mediator: I would argue that there is a direct relationship between the quality of the journal and the range of collaborators that the editor works with (such as copy editors, production staff, editorial board members, and authors.) 4. Juggler:tasks that take place continually are checking the current issue’s proofs, ensuring that copy will be in place for the next issue, and responding to emails from prospective authors. 5. Gatekeeper: all disciplines need a knowledge base that is current, informed, challenging, grounded in evidence, and accessible. Professional journals are pivotal in the contributions they make to achieve this... ...!!! There is an imperative for the editor to be making judgments ensuring the content published will be justifiable additions to that knowledge base.

Milos Djukic

4 years ago #9

Elsevier ( "Editorial Boards Most journals operate under the guidance of an editorial board, providing expert advice on content, attracting new authors and encouraging submissions. The editorial board, or (editorial) advisory board, is a team of experts in the journal's field. Editorial board members: 1. Review submitted manuscripts 2. Advise on journal policy and scope 3. Identify topics for special issues, which they may guest edit 4. Attract new authors and submissions Selecting editorial board members: Editorial board members are selected by the journal’s editor(s), with input from the publisher. Editorial boards generally undergo a complete revision every two or three years, with members joining, stepping down or continuing for another term. Changes also occur in the interim, for example if a member resigns."

David B. Grinberg

4 years ago #8

Kudos Milos on such such a thought-provoking read filled with important insights based on deep thinking. This quote really stood out for me, "It is very easy for a writer to surrender in front of the pervasive and intoxicating magnetism of superficiality." Well said, as always, my friend. Superficial writing is a death knell for writers. They key is authenticity in verse and subject matter. No writer connects with readers by being phony and unauthentic. Rather, write from your heart. Be original and fearless. Don't try to please people in making your points. Wear criticism as a badge of honor because it proves your writing broke through by leaving a strong impression on readers and eliciting a genuine response (whether negative or positive). It's always a pleasure to read your brilliant buzz, Milos, and I hope to read and learn more from you here. Thus, please keep buzzing and producing honey!

Milos Djukic

4 years ago #7

Springer International Publishing AG ( "Editorial Boards The editorial board (sometimes known as an advisory board) typically consists of a group of prominent people in the journal’s field. Having an editorial board is very important: they act as ambassadors for journals. To some extent the quality of a journal is judged by the members and academic credentials of its editorial board. Objectives of the editorial board: Aside from providing prestige, the role of the editorial board is to advise and support the editor. Functions may include: 1. Identifying new topics for commissions, special editions and advising on direction for the journal—giving feedback on past issues and making suggestions for both subject matter and potential authors 2. Provide content by writing occasional editorials and other short articles 3. Approaching potential contributors 4. Peer review; also help to identify peer reviewers and provide second opinions on papers (i.e. where there is a conflict between reviewers) 5. Identify appropriate conferences for editors to attend 6. Endorse the journal to authors, readers and subscribers and encourage colleagues to submit their best work."

Milos Djukic

4 years ago #6

Jim Murray, Journal editorial boards and peer reviewers tasks are assessment of the quality of the article, suggestions for changes (Minor revision, Major revision) or the complete rejection of the article which does not meet the standards defined by the editors and peer reviewers.

Jim Murray

4 years ago #5

Editorial boards have nothing to do with censorship that I know of.

Milos Djukic

4 years ago #4

Thanks Gert Scholtz!

Milos Djukic

4 years ago #3

Vincent Andrew, there is no need for an editorial board and you're cited some additional reasons. This publishing platform is not a scientific journal. Thank you.

Milos Djukic

4 years ago #2

Thanks Kata Rina, yes:)

Milos Djukic

4 years ago #1

cc. Javier \ud83d\udc1d beBee.

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