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When Journal Editors Play Favorites

Heesen, Remco (2018) When Journal Editors Play Favorites. Philosophical Studies, 175 (4). pp. 831-858. ISSN 0031-8116

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Abstract

Should editors of scientific journals practice triple-anonymous reviewing? I consider two arguments in favor. The first says that insofar as editors' decisions are affected by information they would not have had under triple-anonymous 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-anonymous 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, Remcoremco.heesen@uwa.edu.au0000-0003-3823-944X
Additional Information: This paper is published in Philosophical Studies under open access.
Keywords: Feminist philosophy of science; Bias; Peer review; Social epistemology; Formal epistemology
Subjects: General Issues > Decision Theory
General Issues > Feminist Approaches
General Issues > Science and Policy
Depositing User: Remco Heesen
Date Deposited: 02 Jul 2018 13:51
Last Modified: 02 Jul 2018 13:51
Item ID: 14837
Journal or Publication Title: Philosophical Studies
Publisher: Springer (Springer Science+Business Media B.V.)
Official URL: http://dx.doi.org/10.1007/s11098-017-0895-4
DOI or Unique Handle: 10.1007/s11098-017-0895-4
Subjects: General Issues > Decision Theory
General Issues > Feminist Approaches
General Issues > Science and Policy
Date: April 2018
Page Range: pp. 831-858
Volume: 175
Number: 4
ISSN: 0031-8116
URI: http://philsci-archive.pitt.edu/id/eprint/14837

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