B – To be an editor is to live dangerously

Van Der Weyden MB. On being the Editor of the Medical Journal of Australia: Living dangerously. Mens Sana Monographs 2012;10(1):150-157
(doi: 10.4103/0973-1229.91295)

Editorial independence is crucial for viability of a journal and editors have many masters – the public, the readers, the authors, and the owners.Editors are exposed to a wide range of opinions as to what should and should not be published. Their decision making is sometimes exposed to undue pressure by clinical groups. In addition, social media facilitates this manipulation.