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Can a PhD candidate be a guest editor in a peer reviewed journal?

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I am a PhD candidate (last year) and was invited as a guest editor in a peer reviewed journal. I am excited to take the experience and I am sure I will handle it well, but I am not sure if I have to be a PhD holder to qualify for such position.

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I think that until you have many years of refereeing papers behind you, you are not ready to be a guest editor.

By the way, I get invited to be a guest editor about once a week. Unless you have strong evidence to the contrary, you should assume this is spam and delete it. One way to check if a journal is reputable is to ask your advisor.

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It'd be unusual to invite a PhD candidate to guest edit a journal. You are right to be suspicious. I would check if the journal is disreputable; simply being peer-reviewed is not sufficient. Even if the journal is reputable, I would still discuss with supervisor (not only about how to edit, but whether or not to do it, since it'll take time away from your PhD) before accepting the offer.


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Can a PhD candidate be a guest editor in a peer reviewed journal?

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I am a PhD candidate (last year) and was invited as a guest editor in a peer reviewed journal. I am excited to take the experience and I am sure I will handle it well, but I am not sure if I have to be a PhD holder to qualify for such position.


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I think that until you have many years of refereeing papers behind you, you are not ready to be a guest editor.

By the way, I get invited to be a guest editor about once a week. Unless you have strong evidence to the contrary, you should assume this is spam and delete it. One way to check if a journal is reputable is to ask your advisor.

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I think I could probably get my cat to be a guest editor! - Deipatrous 2 days ago

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