B – Journal editors core competencies

Matarese V, Shashok K. Improving the biomedical research literature: insights from authors’ editors can help journal editors define and refine their core competencies. F1000Research 2018;7:109
(doi: 10.12688/f1000research.13760.2)

Based on their experience as authors’ editors, they suggest how to strengthen core competencies for journal editors so that they better respond to the needs of readers and authors. First, journal editors should ensure that authors are given useful feedback on the language and writing beyond a blanket judgement of whether the English is “acceptable” or not. Second, journal editors should be able to deal effectively with inappropriate text re-use and plagiarism.