Monday, June 16, 2008

How Editors Make Decisions

How do editors take the two or three reviews and make a decision?

Decisions made by editors are not strictly “majority rules” or the average recommendation.

Sometimes the most severe criticism is what the editor relies on; sometimes it is the most respected reviewer (e.g., associate editor, particular expert, senior scientist).

In some cases, previous submissions by the authors have not resulted in publishable manuscripts. Given this history and marginal reviews, the editor may opt to reject the manuscript for fear of not receiving an acceptable revised manuscript.

Sometimes the reviewers may have indicated certain concerns---the sum of all the concerns from all the reviewers may be such that the manuscript cannot be revised and resubmitted in a reasonable time, so the editor rejects the manuscript.

Other times, it is a combination of many of these reasons.

Finally, the manuscript may simply not be appropriate for the journal. In these cases, the editor may recommend transferring the manuscript to another journal.

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Anonymous Brad Barrett said...

Hi Dave,

Thanks for starting such a unique blog! I just found the link today, and had a quick read through the current posts. As an early-career scientist, I found the insights into the peer-review process very helpful. I've bookmarked the site & have forwarded the link to Celia (Jones) for distribution to the OU grad students. I look forward to reading more in the future.

Saludos from the other end of the world (in Chile),

July 8, 2008 at 5:43 PM  

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