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Assessing peer review by gauging the fate of rejected manuscripts. The case of the Journal of Artificial Societies and Social Simulation

Casnici, N, Grimaldo, F, Dondio, P, Gilbert, Geoffrey and Squazzoni, F (2017) Assessing peer review by gauging the fate of rejected manuscripts. The case of the Journal of Artificial Societies and Social Simulation Scientometrics: an international journal for all quantitative aspects of the science of science, communication in science and science policy, 113 (1). pp. 533-546.

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Abstract

This paper investigates the fate of manuscripts that were rejected from JASSS-The Journal of Artificial Societies and Social Simulation, the flagship journal of social simulation. We tracked 456 manuscripts that were rejected from 1997 to 2011 and traced their subsequent publication as journal articles, conference papers or working papers. We compared the impact factor of the publishing journal and the citations of those manuscripts that were eventually published against the yearly impact factor of JASSS and the number of citations achieved by the JASSS mean and top cited articles. Only 10% of the rejected manuscripts were eventually published in a journal that was indexed in the Web of Science (WoS), although most of the rejected manuscripts were published elsewhere. Being exposed to more than one round of reviews before rejection, having received a more detailed reviewer report and being subjected to higher inter-reviewer disagreement were all associated with the number of citations received when the manuscript was eventually published. This indicates that peer review could contribute to increasing the quality even of rejected manuscripts.

Item Type: Article
Subjects : Sociology
Divisions : Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences > Department of Sociology
Authors :
NameEmailORCID
Casnici, NUNSPECIFIEDUNSPECIFIED
Grimaldo, FUNSPECIFIEDUNSPECIFIED
Dondio, PUNSPECIFIEDUNSPECIFIED
Gilbert, GeoffreyN.Gilbert@surrey.ac.ukUNSPECIFIED
Squazzoni, FUNSPECIFIEDUNSPECIFIED
Date : 3 March 2017
Identification Number : 10.1007/s11192-017-2241-1
Copyright Disclaimer : Published under the Creative Commons Attribution 4.0 International (CC BY) license.
Uncontrolled Keywords : JASSS; peer review; rejected manuscripts; impact factor; citations.
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Depositing User : Symplectic Elements
Date Deposited : 04 Jan 2017 13:14
Last Modified : 24 Nov 2017 15:20
URI: http://epubs.surrey.ac.uk/id/eprint/813194

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