Is it ethical to submit to a journal if I know the editor-in-chief?
I'm curious about 3 different cases:
- Case 1: We know each other (from talks and emails) but never worked together.
- Case 2: We haven't worked together, but are currently in contact about a potential collaboration.
- Case 3: If I am one of the editor-in-chief's collaborators (but the paper submitted is not part of the collaboration).
In all cases, I don't know if the editor-in-chief is going to give me an easy time (I am not even looking for that) or a hard time. I mean no promises. I will even ask, in the cover letter, for my paper to be reviewed by at least two referees to comply with my University's regulations (so that I can use it for promotion purposes at my Uni).