Questioning editors who blame COVID-19 for their editorial failures

Jaime A. Teixeira da Silva 1 *
More Detail
1 Independent researcher, Miki-cho, Japan
* Corresponding Author
J CLIN MED KAZ, Volume 21, Issue 1, pp. 7-8.
OPEN ACCESS 353 Views 226 Downloads
Download Full Text (PDF)
Author Contributions
Conceptualization, J. A. T. S.; investigation, J. A. T. S.; verification, J. A. T. S.; writing – original draft preparation, J. A. T. S.; writing – review and editing, J. A. T. S. The author has read and agreed to the published version of the manuscript.


The Covid-19 pandemic has provided an opportunity to appreciate how delays in medical treatments can negatively impact the healthcare of patients in need. However, not much – if anything – has been researched on how the pandemic has been used as an excuse within professional settings. In this letter, I take note of a personal case in which an editor of a ranked and indexed medical journal, having taken four months to issue a desk rejection, promptly blamed Covid-19 for the journal’s editorial failures, without providing proof of this claim. Currently, editors who issue such statements cannot be held accountable, and the system of publication needs to change in order to prevent editors from making such ludicrous claims without publicly verifiable evidence. Absent concrete measures to safe-guard authors’ rights to know why their papers’ intellect has been held up for so long, they become victims of a system that offers unprecedented unchecked powers to editors.


Teixeira da Silva JA. Questioning editors who blame COVID-19 for their editorial failures. J CLIN MED KAZ. 2024;21(1):7-8.


  • Madsen SMD, Rawashdeh YF. Assessing timeline delays associated with utilization of ultrasound diagnostics in paediatric acute scrotum, pre and per COVID-19 pandemic. Journal of Pediatric Urology, 2023; 19(5): 653.e1–653.e7.
  • Teixeira da Silva JA, Al-Khatib A, Katavić V, Bornemann-Cimenti H. Establishing sensible and practical guidelines for desk rejections. Science and Engineering Ethics. 2018; 24(4): 1347–1365.
  • Chirico F, Teixeira da Silva JA. What should happen after the COVID-19 pandemic ends? A global plan is needed to address “endemic” COVID-19 and prevent future pandemics. Journal of Health and Social Sciences. 2023; 8(1): 9–12.
  • Teixeira da Silva JA. Use of Covid-19 as an illegitimate excuse, or as a scape-goat. Gazeta Médica. 2020; 7(4): 396–397.
  • Teixeira da Silva JA. Corona exhaustion (CORONEX): Covid-19-induced exhaustion grinding down humanity. Current Research in Behavioral Sciences. 2021; 2: 100014.
  • Teixeira da Silva JA. Junk science, junk journals, and junk publishing management: risk to science’s credibility. Philosophia. 2023; 51(3): 1701–1704.