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An Editor's Guide to Writing and Publishing Science$
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Michael Hochberg

Print publication date: 2019

Print ISBN-13: 9780198804789

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: August 2019

DOI: 10.1093/oso/9780198804789.001.0001

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Who Really Decides?

Who Really Decides?

(p.91) 13 Who Really Decides?
An Editor's Guide to Writing and Publishing Science

Michael Hochberg

Oxford University Press

The roles of editors, reviewers and authors in the publication process are loosely analogous to a court of law. Authors bring their case in the form of a manuscript to the journal (the court) for publication consideration. They present arguments in the cover letter for why the journal should take a positive view on publication. The chief editor functions as the judge, examining evidence provided by the authors and critiques/recommendations by external reviewers (the jury) and syntheses/recommendations by a member of the editorial board (trial counsel). A crucial step in the publication decision is the approbation from the reviewers. This chapter discusses these analogies and the importance of writing a manuscript with reviewers in mind.

Keywords:   Manuscript evaluation, reviewers, editors, court of law, writing, rejection

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