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Publishing has become a “Russian roulette”
  1. M Porta
  1. Correspondence to:
 Professor M Porta
 IMIM & UAB, Carrer del Dr Aiguader, 88, E-08003 Barcelona, Catalonia, Spain; mporta{at}

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As authors, every now and then we get rather prejudiced, biased or scientifically unfounded—if not fully unethical, because of conflicts of interest—comments from manuscript reviewers. Some journal editors seldom seem to feel accountable for the choice of reviewers.

Today, I seek advice from a colleague and friend, a widely recognised scientist at a top-ranking college in London, UK, about suitable journals to which we could resubmit a given paper. Other than the specific advice, his main reflection is:

 Publishing has become a “Russian roulette”.

Hopefully, not so in JECH and in most other journals. But the debate is worthwhile.1,2


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