B – Are journal editors an anachronism?

Davis P. Have journal editors become anachronisms? Scholarly Kitchen blog 2011, 19 September
Are journal editors an anachronism? On the Guardian a recurring revolutionary theme has been recently reported: publishing must be taken back from editors and the institutions and returned to the people. In this blog post it is discussed why we still need editors and their journals, perhaps more than ever before. The information overload is a problem of quality signaling between authors and readers, and the role of editors is enhanced – not diminished – in mediating these signals. Journals should be then considered as mediators of quality signals and not as a mechanism to control the distribution of scientific research.
Thanks to Sylwia Ufnalska