Collection, curation, and quality: The editor's responsibility

Pippa Smart
  • Learned Publishing, July 2018, Wiley
  • DOI: 10.1002/leap.1181

Why journal editors need to balance the desire for quality against the need for diversity

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Photo by Martin Reisch on Unsplash

What is it about?

This editorial discusses the issues editors must consider when they decide which articles to accept for publication and why it can be a balancing act between ensuring quality and also ensuring diversity. It considers the increasing burden to "test" each submission on the assumption that authors cannot be trusted and why this burden may lead editors to make "easier' decisions by discriminating against more challenging articles.

Why is it important?

It is important that the scholarly record is based on quality articles, but equally that it does not exclude "people not like us" and perspectives which challenge established views.


Pippa Smart

This article was promoted by the increasing concerns about malpractice and the increasing distrust of articles that come from outside our own comfort zones. I was concerned that these worries are likely to lead to editors making more biased decisions as a response to increasing workloads and the need to find easier and quicker ways to make decisions.

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