I can't go into the details of why, but I've just been looking at a CV that has several publications in a journal I don't read and do not know much about. So I took a look at the recent volumes of this journal with a view towards getting a sense of its scope and quality. What should one make of the fact that the journal regularly publishes work written by its editor?
I'm not talking about the typical editorial note or "introduction" that one finds at the beginning of many journals. Editor-authored notes about the journal's business, or announcements, or brief descriptions of the journal's contents are common and unobjectionable. I'm talking about a journal which regularly publishes papers by the editor. For the journal in question, it seems that more than half of the issues in any given (and recent) year have articles by the editor. I was taken aback by this. I'd supposed that being the editor of a journal meant not publishing papers in that journal, except in special and rare circumstances. My view of the quality of the journal has also been negatively affected. Views?