Thursday, April 21, 2011

Journal Editors Behaving Badly

They get guest editors for a special issue. All the papers have been posted on the journal's website. At this stage, can the editors ask (some of) the authors to revise their papers -- without consulting the guest editors? Can they then insert in the print edition a note that undermines the credibility of the papers, their authors, and the guest editors?

All these curious events have led some philosophers to urge their colleagues to boycott Synthese, the journal in question.

Here are some links:

  1. Inside Higher Ed has an extended account of this sorry episode.

  2. John Wilkins. Update 1. Update 2. Links to other commentary.

  3. Brian Leiter. Update.


  1. Wesley said...

    As a contributor of a co-authored paper in the special issue, I can attest that there was no communication from the Editors-in-Chief to us about either any problems perceived with our work or their intention to publish our work with a disclaimer. In my estimation, the Editors-in-Chief changed the conditions of publication, and had a professional responsibility to give all contributors to the issue the opportunity to respond to those changed conditions. We should have had a chance to revise or withdraw our work, and this was denied to us. The Editors-in-Chief failed to act responsibly in this instance, in my opinion.

    Wesley R. Elsberry