During the past ten years as Editor of this Journal under authority from the Board of Trustees, I have assumed my responsibilities in keeping with current practices for many scientific publications, as well as other substantial periodicals. A statement of responsibilities and procedures such as this had scarcely seemed necessary until recent months. Two statements have appeared in the press raising certain questions, which, because of their repetition, demand a breach of the silence usually kept.
In carrying out the charge from the Board, a statement of the current procedure which has been in effect for a decade, and which has been reaffirmed in writing to anyone who has inquired, is as follows:
No decision can be expected regarding acceptance, revision or rejection of a manuscript until this office has had an opportunity to review critically the final draft submitted by the author (s) of a publishable copy. This review