Fetching Again My 3 years as Editor are almost over, and what incredible years they have been. For this final “From the Editor” column, I will reflect on those aspects of the experience that stand out for me. The Buck. I recall that first decision letter I wrote. It was while ... Editorial
Editorial  |   November 01, 2007
Fetching Again
 
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Editorial   |   November 01, 2007
Fetching Again
American Journal of Speech-Language Pathology, November 2007, Vol. 16, 288. doi:10.1044/1058-0360(2007/032)
 
American Journal of Speech-Language Pathology, November 2007, Vol. 16, 288. doi:10.1044/1058-0360(2007/032)
My 3 years as Editor are almost over, and what incredible years they have been. For this final “From the Editor” column, I will reflect on those aspects of the experience that stand out for me.
The Buck. I recall that first decision letter I wrote. It was while writing that letter that I became vividly aware that the buck stopped with me. The final decision—accept, revise, resubmit, reject—landed in my lap. I recall the enormous responsibility I felt making that first decision, and all the decisions I’ve made since then. That feeling has never waned.
Tough Calls. I have found that some decisions are quite easy. For example, when I see a manuscript that contains exciting data and new ideas, I can be relatively certain that it will eventually make it to print. Such a manuscript may need sawing, sanding, and polishing, but it has the core ingredients to become an AJSLP article. At the other extreme, I have seen manuscripts that are clearly not ready for “prime time” and for which the only reasonable decision is to reject. But the difficult ones are those in the “gray zone”—these are the tough calls. An example of a tough call is a manuscript that is so poorly written that it is difficult to know if the study was well-designed, if the analyses were performed appropriately, or if it offers anything of clinical significance. A manuscript such as this might need to be resubmitted before it is possible to determine whether it has potential to be included in the pages of AJSLP.
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