Policy: Responsibilities of the Editor

Excerpted from the IEEE Publication Services and Products Board (PSPB) Operations Manual, Section 8.2.1.D, in relation to Editors of IEEE Journals, Transactions, Letters, and Magazines.

  1. The Editor-in-Chief is ultimately accountable for acceptance or rejection of an article, although the decision may be delegated to another editor of the publication.
  2. The Editor-in-Chief should generally grant the request of an author who asks, when submitting an article, that particular individual(s) be excluded from the review of that article.
  3. The Editor-in-Chief shall establish a review process that minimizes bias.
  4. The Editor-in-Chief shall subject all articles of a given type to equivalent and unprejudiced reviews. Decisions about acceptance for publication should occur in a reasonable time frame, and (except for issues devoted to special topics) articles should, to the editor’s best ability, be published in the chronological order of acceptance.
  5. The Editor-in-Chief should provide to the authors a written rationale for editorial decisions regarding an article submitted for publication. This is especially important if the article is being
    rejected.
  6. Unpublished articles must be treated as confidential documents by all individuals involved in the editorial process.
  7. The Editor-in-Chief shall correct errors in an article if the errors are detected or reported before publication, or publish corrections if they are detected afterward.
  8. Articles submitted by the Editor-in-Chief or an editor of the publication shall be handled by editor of the publication.
  9. The Editor-in-Chief or another editor of the publication shall not perform or accept any action that has the sole purpose of increasing the number of citations to influence the bibliometric independent measures of quality or impact of a periodical.