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Abolish the R&R

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

DOI: https://doi.org/10.6092/issn.1971-8853/14685

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]

Reference: https://www.biorxiv.org/content/10.1101/2020.08.12.248369v1

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