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Re: [jox] Identity of reviewers

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Hi all

This reminds me of the Wikipedia trope of being able to "look under the hood" of knowledge production so that as Clay Shirky would say knowledge does not arrive fully formed by mysterious magic (like in alchemy) but can withstand the withering scrutiny of peers (as in chemistry, which had the same actors and elements as alchemy but was open to external review).

In the context of CSPP, the problem is consistency. On Wikipedia all article histories and debates are archived by default.

In our case if authors and reviewers can opt in and out of publishing first drafts and reviews, paper 1 may have no first draft and review A and C but not B, while paper 2 will have a first draft and review C only. My question is : (a) how useful is this scientifically and (b) won't this look kind of messy and reflect poorly on the journal? 

To be clear, I'm not against the idea - in fact we started with the assumption that reviews would be published, which may indeed improve review quality and it does make sense to publish a first draft as well - just concerned about the patchiness of what we end up with...?



ps. I'm also not clear whether we should let authors decide whether reviews should be published or not - maybe that should be a condition of article publication - that reviewers will have the option of publishing their review?

From: Gabriella Coleman <biella>



On 06/05/2011 09:39 PM, Athina Karatzogianni wrote:
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If the reviewers have the option to remain anonymous, and 
their comments not
to be widely disseminated and the authors under review have 
the option to
not have the reviews widely published and the first version of 
their paper
not published, then I would agree with Toni's scheme of 
things. In which
case, authors and reviewers should be clearly informed from 
the outset what
the overall procedure is and what their options are (to remain 
or not
anonymous, to have or not to have their comments published, 
and whether the
original version is published or not etc).

On Mon, Jun 6, 2011 at 2:14 AM, Toni Prug 
<tony> wrote:

will it be mandatory to publish the first draft of essay

i don't think it should be. quite a few authors are a likely 
to feel
anxious about it, especially at the time where such culture 
does not exist
in the social sciences and humanities. however, we can 
encourage it and
leave it to authors to decide. If peer reviews are published 
and the authors
reference them in the final published version, the points of 
contributions>> will be known. The actual magnitude, qualitative 
nature of contributions
made by the reviews can only fully be exposed by publishing 
the first
version. Alternatively, we can encourage authors to note in 
the footnotes a
bit more detail on how reviewers' comments influenced each 
major change
applied to the final published version.


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