Handling AEs

Jun 16 2014 Published by under [Education&Careers]

In the journals I typically read, there's no real rhyme or reason behind whether or not the handling Associate Editors are identified to readers. Sometimes the information is in the online documentation and not in the print version, but it's usually all or nothing. The journal I am an AE for does not give out this information, but there's only a hand-full of AEs in each subfield.

I'm curious whether people ever pay attention to that information. Do you think it makes AEs more careful about what the approve for print? Are there other ramifications of doing this?

3 responses so far

  • anon says:

    I think a lot of people look at who the AE was, for both their own and other's papers. When the AEs are identified it makes them "own" their decision to have the paper published.

  • Dan says:

    I like to look at who has handled what sorts of papers in the past when I submit to a journal. My view of who is most appropriate might not be the same as someone who take a cursory read of the manuscript to assign it to an AE.

  • pyrope says:

    I have a journal that I submit to regularly that keeps AE identities blind and I wish they didn't because I've had both great and not-so-great experiences that might be repeatable/avoidable if I could make a more informed decision on AE preferences when submitting.
    The journal that I AE for publishes names, and I like that for the reasons anon states - holds us accountable and increases transparency.

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