B – Different Kind of Profession

Luey B. Different Kind of Profession: The Council of Editors of Learned Journals (CELJ) Keynote Address MLA Convention 2006. Journal of Scholarly Publishing 2008;39(2):94-108
doi: 10.3138/jsp.39.2.93

This article, which started as the keynote address at the 2006 meeting of the Council of Editors of Learned Journals, discusses the ways professions are or are not appropriate to journal editing, and some possibilities for increasing professionalism. One of the starting questions is if journal editing is a profession, and the answer proposed is that it should not be. It should rather be a profession open to innovation and talent and transparent to those who interact with it as authors, subscribers, and readers.