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Heesen, Remco (2016) When Journal Editors Play Favorites. In: UNSPECIFIED.

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Abstract

Should editors of scientific journals practice triple-blind reviewing? I consider two arguments in favor of this claim. The first says that insofar as editors' decisions are affected by information they would not have had under triple-blind review, an injustice is committed against certain authors. I show that even well-meaning editors would commit this wrong and I endorse this argument. The second argument says that insofar as editors' decisions are affected by information they would not have had under triple-blind review, it will negatively affect the quality of published papers. I distinguish between two kinds of biases that an editor might have. I show that one of them has a positive effect on quality and the other a negative one, and that the combined effect could be either positive or negative. Thus I do not endorse the second argument in general. However, I do endorse this argument for certain fields, for which I argue that the positive effect does not apply.


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Heesen, Remcorheesen@andrew.cmu.edu0000-0003-3823-944X
Keywords: Feminist philosophy of science; Bias; Peer review; Social epistemology; Formal epistemology
Subjects: General Issues > Decision Theory
General Issues > Feminist Approaches
Depositing User: Remco Heesen
Date Deposited: 29 Jun 2016 00:36
Last Modified: 29 Jun 2016 00:36
Item ID: 12232
Subjects: General Issues > Decision Theory
General Issues > Feminist Approaches
Date: 28 June 2016
URI: http://philsci-archive.pitt.edu/id/eprint/12232

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