Academic journal article LIBRES: Library and Information Science Research Electronic Journal

Editorial

Academic journal article LIBRES: Library and Information Science Research Electronic Journal

Editorial

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I presume that all new journal editors grapple with the question of what the roles of an editor are. I had assumed before accepting"the mantle" that the role is chiefly that of gatekeeper-ensuring the integrity of the peer-review process, and that the journal articles are of good quality. As LIBRES receives many submissions from developing countries, where library and information science (LIS) research is not so well-developed and the native language is not English, the editor has other roles that are equally important-those of gold prospector, diamond polisher and pioneer explorer.

As a gold prospector, I work with the editorial board to identify "good stuff' in otherwise uneven papers, and then mentor the authors to revise their papers to highlight the main contribution. Some papers require extensive editing to polish the papers for readability. …

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