Published: 21 July 2017
Author(s): Petros Ioannou
Issue: July 2017
Section: Letter to the Editor

In a recent letter to the editor, Charlier et al. debated the practice of some scholars that choose to publish their research in a journal they work for [1], and wondered whether the peer-reviewing process of the academic journals is able to maintain the objectivity required to ensure the academic quality of the published material, mainly in terms of retaining the objectivity of the reviewers and the final decision making. However, even though there have been questions on the practice of publishing in a journal that someone works for [2,3,4], there is heterogeneity among different journals on the amount of papers that are published after assumption of editorship from the authors [4], implying that a journal can actually protect its own prestige and academic integrity against mischievous practices of the submitting authors.

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