What exactly does an editor do?

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This final editorial by outgoing Multilingua editor Ingrid Piller provides a glimpse behind the scenes of academic publishing. The work of a journal editor falls into five broad areas: desk-rejecting; managing peer review; evaluating and assessing research; taking affirmative action; and solving problems and setting directions. This article provides a brief overview of what is involved in each area, and includes recommendations for improvement, both for the field and individual researchers.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)629–637
Number of pages9
Issue number6
Publication statusPublished - 2022

Bibliographical note

Copyright de Gruyter 2022. Article originally published in Multilingua, vol. 41, no. 6, 2022, pp. 629-637. The original article can be found at https://doi.org/10.1515/multi-2022-0125. Version archived for private and non-commercial use with the permission of the author/s and according to publisher conditions. For further rights please contact the publisher.


  • academic publishing
  • desk rejections
  • editorial work
  • epistemic justice
  • peer review
  • research quality assessment


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