This article analyzes criticisms on the nature and functioning of the editorial boards of communication journals. There are certain elements in the pattern among the critics of journal articles and the journal publishing process. First, they tend to distort what was written in the original article by changing the words, concepts, or ideas. Second, they redefine the parameters of the study they are critiquing. Third, there is sometimes an element of hypocrisy in the critics' attack. However, from the analysis it would appear that editors attempt to maintain balance considering experience in publishing, geographic and institutional affiliation, and gender.
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