Dear Authors: Editors Have Final Say Whether you Like It Or Not!

Quite a few people have reacted to this article with rather weighty chips on their shoulders — which indicates that they actually have no idea what an editor’s job entails.

An editor EDITS. Gee, what a concept.

I’ve been an editor for two different scholarly publications The Journal of Communication Inquiry (Executive Editor), and Social Problems (official publication of The Society for the Study of Social Problems).

The review process is far more complex with academic journals as opposed to general publications, but this explanation of the rigorous submission process academic journals require of authors gives an idea of the extent to which authors need to concede to the editors’ knowledge of publishing as well as editors’ legitimate expectations of authors who sumbit. the editors’ expectations.

A publication ALWAYS belongs to the publisher — in the case of most Medium publications, the publisher and editor are usually the same person.

This is the process required of authors who submit to a respected academic publication:

Every article submitted has to go through peer review.
Three to five readers for a submission are selected for their expertise in…



Georgia NeSmith

Retired professor, feminist, writer, photographer, activist, grandmother of 5, overall Wise Woman. Phd UIA School of Journalism & Mass Communication, 1994.