Being the Chief
Author(s): Caroline Whitbeck
You are the editor of a respected technical journal that has been publishing for about a dozen years and publishes new work in a small but rapidly growing and increasingly important area within your discipline. You and a colleague at another university founded the journal as co-editors because you recognized the importance of this new area, an area in which you and he have been leading figures. Your co-editor recently suffered a heart attack, is awaiting bypass surgery and has resigned from being an editor, leaving you as sole editor.
One of your best students, Rising, is finishing the dissertation and has just left on your desk for your comments the draft of a manuscript to be submitted for publication, which is based on the second chapter of the dissertation. In today's mail you receive a paper from a group at a third university, which from the title seems likely to overlap with Rising's dissertation. Usually you skim a submitted manuscript so as to better judge whom to ask to review it, but you wonder whether to do so, given the comments you must give Rising on what may be a competing manuscript.
How do you handle the situation?
What are the risks and possible pitfalls in the situation?
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"Being the Chief"
Online Ethics Center for Engineering
National Academy of Engineering
Accessed: Sunday, May 19, 2013