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Updated: 2017-06-29T04:18Z
The room of the editor-in-chief for the Seattle Daily Times in 1900

An editor in chief, lead editor, chief editor, managing or executive editor is a publication's editorial leader, having final responsibility for all operations and policies.[1][2]


The editor in chief heads all the departments of the organization and is held accountable for delegating tasks to staff members and managing them. The term is often used at newspapers, magazines, yearbooks, and television news programs. The editor in chief is commonly the link between the publisher or proprietor and the editorial staff.

The term is also applied to academic journals, where the editor in chief ultimately decides whether a submitted manuscript will be published. This decision is made by the editor in chief after seeking input from reviewers selected on a basis of relevant expertise.

Typical responsibilities of editors in chief include:[3]

  • Fact checking, spelling, grammar, writing style, page design and photos
  • Rejecting writing that appears to be plagiarized, ghostwritten, published elsewhere, or of little interest to readers
  • Editing content
  • Contributing editorial pieces
  • Motivating and developing editorial staff
  • Ensuring the final draft is complete and there are no omissions
  • Handling reader complaints and taking responsibility for issues after publication
  • For books or journals, cross-checking citations and examining references


  1. ^ Staff (2012). "editor in chief". The Free Dictionary by Farlex. Farlex, Inc. Retrieved 23 May 2012. 
  2. ^ "Encarta Dictionary definition". Archived from the original on 2009-11-01. 
  3. ^ Patil, Sayali Bedekar. "Editor In Chief Responsibilities". Buzzle Web Portal: Intelligent Life on the Web. Retrieved 18 August 2010. 

Further reading

  • John La Porte Given (1907). "The Editor-In-Chief". Making a Newspaper. New York: H. Holt and company. pp. 30–35. 
  • Nathaniel Clark Fowler (1913). "The Editor-In-Chief". The Handbook of Journalism: All about Newspaper Work: Facts and Information. New York: Sully and Kleinteich. 
  • The New Fowler's Modern English Usage (3rd ed. 1996 (edited by R. W. Burchfield); Bryan A. Garner, Garner's Modern American Usage (2009).

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