Should a scientist be prevented from publishing in a journal for which he works?

Published: 18 March 2017
Author(s): P. Charlier, S. Deo, L. Brun
Issue: March 2017
Section: Letter to the Editor

Should scholars publish in the journal they are working for? In other words, is it legitimate to publish in his own journal, that is to say submit and/or co-sign in a journal of which one is editor-in-chief (except in the format of an editorial or a tribune, and any other non peer-reviewed articles) [1]? Can one ensure full compliance with the ICJME requirements [2], in particular regarding the objectivity of the reviewers (including the sacro-saint double-blind proofreading) and in the final decision-making [3,4]? Similarly, the issue of publishing research articles from members of the rest of the editorial board in their own journal remains problematic.