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DATE

2016-09

AUTHORS

Michael G. Flaherty

ABSTRACT

We can conceive of sociology as something akin to a vast conversation among scholars dispersed across time and space. Using this analogy, I examine the present situation and future prospects of peer review at sociological journals. First, I summarize the model of scientific discourse as an ideal type and distinguish its advantages relative to the conversations we find on the Internet, in the Modern Language Association, and in contemporary journalism. Second, I consider the problems associated with peer review at sociological journals. Third, I assess two efforts to redress the problems in peer review: (1) doing away with anonymity and (2) the trend toward open access publishing in scholarly research. I conclude with suggested reforms. More... »

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253-263

Journal

TITLE

The American Sociologist

ISSUE

2-3

VOLUME

47

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http://dx.doi.org/10.1007/s12108-015-9299-0

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