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Review process (was: [jox] New Draft CFP)

Hi Mathieu, Athina, all!

Last week (11 days ago) Mathieu O'Neil wrote:
d) Regarding peer review

I suggested the following: for research papers, authors can request a traditional double blind review. But following this process, research papers (as all other submissions) will be collectively discussed on the list.

I think it is an interesting idea to have different processes.
However, I'm not sure about the consequences. What do others think?

For those not too deep into the traditional process: Could you please
explain what are the features of the traditional double blind review?

Last week (10 days ago) Athina Karatzogianni wrote:
About d, I think it would be prudent to think about the implications of
discussing papers openly on a list. perhaps people will be much less
critical of a work once it is openly discussed.

That was a concern mentioned before. If this point is important then
it would indeed impact the quality of the journal. This would be bad.

Who would be able to see
this discussion?

It depends. Oekonux lists are usually published on the site but we can
also have a non-archived list. On such a mailing list a discussion
would be open among the editorial board but closed to the public.

Also there can be exchange based on personal e-mail. However, I'd find
it bad for transparency if regular personal e-mail exchange would
occur unless it is between persons who are working closely together on
a particular task - such as reviewing a contribution. To prevent this
I'd rather suggest a second, non-archived mailing list.

what if one of us wanted to publish a paper, would we look
at the reviewers comments while they were formulating them?

What's wrong with this?

I think some
thought should be paid there. The tradition is to have 2-3 blind reviewers
for a paper.

See above. Can you please explain what "blind" means exactly?

I dont see and please explain to me how when ten people have a
long discussion over an email list, quality and speed improve. I think it
will be quite the opposite.

IMHO this depends much on the culture of such a list. I know most of
the persons on this list personally and most for quite some time now
and I don't think that there will be unnecessary discussion.

Anyway I understood that there will be explicitly assigned reviewers
for each contribution - 2-3 sounds good to me. They are responsible to
review the particular contribution and alone for reasons of lack of
time people will probably trust the judgement of the reviewers.

Blind reviewing most of the time works in favor
of the author. Discussing between us endlessly a paper [unless it is highly
controversial and only after it has been blindly reviewed] I think will be a
waste of time and effort.

Endless is discussion is not very probable IMHO. If a contribution is
too controversial it simply will not be included. That would at least
mean an orientation in consensus in the editorial board (where
consensus means that nobody *has to* object).



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