Editors of scientific journals play a very important role in the scientific enterprise. When scientists begin to develop cutting-edge new ideas, it is key that scientific editors find appropriate peer reviewers to review such new work. However, the recent kerfuffle over the Nature editorial open access smear piece has provided a context in which some journal editors and other closed access buffs are revealing an absolutely staggering level of self-delusion about the real role of editors in the scientific enterprise.

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