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Bishop's book should get the attention of a larger audience than just editors. He covers with good sense much more than what editors do, including the selection of an editor by the professional society publishing the journal, the duties and responsibilities of manuscript reviewers (referees), and the ethics of scientific publication (with particular attention to authorship). The book's conspicuous shortcoming is its failure to cite much important and relevant literature, for example, some statements of ethical principles published by scientific societies, notably the American Psychological Association and the Council of Biology Editors.
How to Edit a Scientific Journal.. Ann Intern Med. 1984;101:887. doi: 10.7326/0003-4819-101-6-887_3
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