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La recherche face au défi d’homo bureaucraticus

by André Sentenac 

Comptes Rendus. Biologies, Tome 346 (2023), pp. 25-27

« Il n’y a point de problème qu’une embauche de bureaucrates supplémentaires ne puisse pas résoudre. » (prov. soviet.) 

Abolish the R&R

by Christine L. Williams (Department of Sociology, University of Texas at Austin)


Extensive revising is required by most sociology journals. It is normative for authors to "revise and resubmit" their manuscripts several times before they are accepted for publication, a process that is time consuming, demoralizing, and stifling of creativity.  This essay discusses the potential benefits and drawbacks of abolishing the R&R as an option for journal editors.  

My opinion: Coercive citation [reviewers asking authors to add unnecessary references] is one of the major flaws of the peer-review process. It hinders a fair, unbiased and transparent editorial decision. One solution would be to add a label "Reference added post-peer review". Another solution would be to refrain from evaluating science and researchers according to their citation records [Sign DORA]