Why not Open the Black Box of Journal Editing in Philosophy? Make Peer Reviews of Published Papers Available

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Abstract

Despite general agreement within philosophy that peer review isindispensable, its fairness and reliability is often questioned. This article suggeststhat such worries can to a large extent be met by adopting the practice thatreviews as well as earlier versions of papers are made publicly available when thefinal version of a paper is published. This suggestion combines the advantages oftransparency with the merits of anonymity of reviewers. While there are obstaclesto this suggestion, the article argues that it would be worthwhile to implement itbecause it can help map patterns of conduct and secure confidence in the fairnessand reliability of review procedures and journal editing within philosophy.
Original languageEnglish
JournalMetaphilosophy
Volume48
Issue number3
Pages (from-to)245-257
ISSN0026-1068
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - Apr 2017

Keywords

  • anonymous peer review
  • fairness
  • journal editing
  • patterns in publishing
  • reliability

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