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Attitudes of referees in a multidisciplinary journal: An empirical analysis

Casnici, N, Grimaldo, F, Gilbert, GN and Squazzoni, F (2016) Attitudes of referees in a multidisciplinary journal: An empirical analysis Journal of the Association for Information Science and Technology.

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Abstract

This paper looks at 10 years of reviews in a multidisciplinary journal, The Journal of Artificial Societies and Social Simulation (JASSS), which is the flagship journal of social simulation. We measured referee behavior and referees' agreement. We found that the disciplinary background and the academic status of the referee have an influence on the report time, the type of recommendation and the acceptance of the reviewing task. Referees from the humanities tend to be more generous in their recommendations than other referees, especially economists and environmental scientists. Second, we found that senior researchers are harsher in their judgments than junior researchers, and the latter accept requests to review more often and are faster in reporting. Finally, we found that articles that had been refereed and recommended for publication by a multidisciplinary set of referees were subsequently more likely to receive citations than those that had been reviewed by referees from the same discipline. Our results show that common standards of evaluation can be established even in multidisciplinary communities.

Item Type: Article
Subjects : Sociology
Divisions : Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences > Department of Sociology
Authors :
AuthorsEmailORCID
Casnici, NUNSPECIFIEDUNSPECIFIED
Grimaldo, FUNSPECIFIEDUNSPECIFIED
Gilbert, GNUNSPECIFIEDUNSPECIFIED
Squazzoni, FUNSPECIFIEDUNSPECIFIED
Date : 15 April 2016
Identification Number : 10.1002/asi.23665
Copyright Disclaimer : © 2016 The Authors. Journal of the Association for Information Science and Technology published by Wiley Periodicals, Inc. on behalf of Association for Information Science and Technology. This is an open access article under the terms of the Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-NoDerivs License, which permits use and distribution in any medium, provided the original work is properly cited, the use is non-commercial and no modifications or adaptations are made.
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Depositing User : Symplectic Elements
Date Deposited : 06 Jun 2016 10:36
Last Modified : 06 Jun 2016 11:00
URI: http://epubs.surrey.ac.uk/id/eprint/810915

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