The scientific publication system in social science: A study of the operation of leading professional journals in psychology, sociology, and social work

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Originally published in Contemporary Psychology: APA Review of Books, 1979, Vol 24(8), 665. Reviews the book, The scientific publication system in social science: A study of the operation of leading professional journals in psychology, sociology, and social work by Duncan Lindsey (1978). The author, who defines himself as a social worker with broad interdisciplinary interests, is concerned about the extent to which particularistic bias infects the reviewing process in the social sciences. But the book is basically mute with regard to the larger issue of insuring greater quality in the articles selected for publication. It is far from clear that a more penetrating science can emerge from greater democratization and objectification of the reviewing process. In fact, it is possible to make a good case for more concentration of editorial responsibility rather than the greater diffusion implied by increasing the number of reviewers. (PsycINFO Database Record (c) 2006 APA, all rights reserved)

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