Gatekeepers of Knowledge: Journal Editors in the Sciences by Stephen McGinty

By Stephen McGinty

Publication is the coin of the area within the academy. Careers rely on a robust booklet checklist, and magazine editors occupy robust positions within the publishing approach. This research examines the careers of thirty-five scholarly magazine editors via in-depth interviews that conceal their upward thrust to positions of impact, their perspectives of the paintings of magazine publishing, their review of the digital revolution, and the position performed through own networks within the behavior in their tasks. alongside the best way a few debatable matters come up together with magazine proliferation, the padding of curriculum vitae, and the kingdom of expertise within the academy today.

The interviews are analyzed opposed to the backdrop of paradigms pioneered by way of social scientists, Kurt Lewin and Lewis Coser. Their versions of gatekeeping and social connections tell the research in the course of the textual content. This ebook presents a revealing examine a very important a part of educational life.

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For these editors, the ‘‘cognitive structure’’ and the ‘‘motivation’’ of the typical gatekeeper are contrary to their experience. Their role is strictly as a coordinator, and their job is to get the right manuscript in front of the right referee. Once the referee reports come in, the decision to publish is simply a matter of tallying them. If the majority say publish, then the editor goes with that decision, with no questions asked and no personal intervention. This is the editor as switchboard operator.

These editors reserved the right to make the final decision on the disposition of manuscripts. This approach embraces the Lewin position of the ‘‘psychology of the gatekeeper,’’ where the ultimate responsibility for what gets allowed through the gate is in the gatekeeper’s hands. The data show that these editors take on this responsibility with enthusiasm. Their name is on the journal. Thus, their reputation is at stake and they experience the responsibilities of the job in a personal way. Numerous scenarios that can arise as a result of reviewer reports were outlined by an experienced geography editor, who also provided some insight into his decisions: Setting Up Shop 45 I really do rely on the referees heavily.

Perhaps there was a feeling that editors have to put up with a certain level of incompetence in order to produce their journals. The actual provenance of a particular piece was glossed over by this physics editor, who did, however, lament the poor presentation: That’s very common, because very often the professor has his graduate student write the paper. And he’s too busy to really check and proof it. And sometimes I’m appalled by the sloppiness of manuscripts and the poor grammar, from American authors.

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