Editors, Publishers, Impact Factors, and Reprint Income

Editors would like to imagine they are simply gatekeepers who facilitate the interaction between authors who wish to impart information and people who want to read it. In fact, they are subject to a raft of external pressures that interfere with this core task. Coauthors are prone to disputes with each other and with reviewers; rejected authors may protest; readers may be dissatisfied; institutions may react inadequately to editors' concerns about probity; editorial freedom may be compromised by the demands of the learned society that owns the journal; and a commercial publisher might exert subtle�or unsubtle�pressure to increase profitability. All of these distractions increase the possibility of competing interests corrupting the editorial process.
Editors, Publishers, Impact Factors, and Reprint Income
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