What Psychology Journal Editors Really Do (Really?)

I found this article when searching online to find ways to get involved and work with journals other than doing peer-review…food for thought!

(For clarification, this is satirical and in no way represents what editors actually do!)

My Perspectives (on PsychScience)

A while back I posted the following on a private site.  It got some interesting responses.

I find this [previous] discussion of editorial motives and behavior very interesting.  I am about to break the code of silence here; please don’t spread this around and get me into trouble.

Among the things you guys seem not to know: After you are appointed the editor of a major psychology journal, you are invited to editor boot camp.  This is a three-day retreat in which you learn how to do the job.

Day 1 was mostly an overview of the “system” – the roles people play (from publishers to reviewers to authors), the stages of publication, and the various electronic systems that are used.  Then there was a short section about reviewers – how to select, treat, cajole, and reward them.

Day 2 was about dealing with authors.

The first part was about initial submissions: How…

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2 thoughts on “What Psychology Journal Editors Really Do (Really?)

  1. Haha. I had totally forgotten about writing that post. Please understand — first, I was joking. There IS NO SUCH THING as editor boot camp. (I think — I mean, none that I was invited to.) And second, I was making fun of the stupid things that authors do, that editors do, and that somehow science publishers seems to WANT us to do. I agree with Woopsie (!) — of course authors should be encouraged to do that. In fact, now, many journals now do so. 2013 was a long time ago in the world of changing science publication.

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