Summary: How to Edit a Journal by E-mail
Andrew W. Appel
Department of Computer Science
The editor of a refereed scientific journal must
somehow get unpaid referees and unpaid asso-
ciate editors to provide prompt evaluations of
technical papers. The use of electronic mail,
with a well organized management system--
and the software and staff to support it--
make this possible, without unduly burdening
either the editor, associate editors, or referees.
Some refereed scientific journals have long delays
from submission to publication. Others achieve fast
turnaround at the cost of burdening their editors
and associate editors with a heavy workload.