Welcome to this year’s last issue, which opens with an editorial piece on the 5th Peer Review Week from the perspective of EASE and the Asian Council of Science Editors (p 82). We wish our new individual and group members a warm welcome to EASE (p 84).
In the Original Articles section, Glasnović, Krajina, and Petrak present a case study of retractions in Croatia and compare them with similar European countries (p 85).
In the Essays section, Khosravi-Darani discusses how it is to set up and improve a scientific journal in Iran (p 89). In our Viewpoints, Lazarev points to ways to manipulate bibliometric data and warns about editorial interference with references (p 93).
The Meeting Reports section covers this year’s Annual General Meeting of EASE in Brussels (by Pippa Smart) and the 6th PubMet conference on scholarly publishing in the context of open science (by Jadranka Stojanovski) (pp. 95–97).
In the Book Review section we have three reviews. Marianne Noel presents a book by Alex Csiszar entitled The Scientific Journal: Authorship and the Politics of Knowledge in the Nineteenth Century and Making Nature: The History of a Scientific Journal by Melinda Baldwin, while Katarzyna Szymańska, reviews a book by Markus K Heinemann, How NOT to Write a Medical Paper: A Practical Guide.
To take a look at our daily jobs from a different perspective, we introduce a History of Editing section. It premieres with an article by Melinda Baldwin discussing the changing role of editors-in-chief of one of the most prominent science journals in the world, Nature (p 97).
And finally, from the EASE blog offers an insight into the Turkish chapter of EASE, which was established last year in order to promote awareness of the association and organize training activities and thematic meetings in and around Turkey (p 104).
Wishing you all the best for the coming holidays and hope you will enjoy the read.
European Science Editing