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10 October, 2011

Not-entirely-idle question for readers who have both published and refereed maths papers:

As I understand it, it is acceptable (though not always to be encouraged) if one makes public the comments received from referees, perhaps redacted to try and preserve anonymity.

What about feedback received directly from the handling editors?

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  1. Matt Daws permalink
    11 October, 2011 4:04 am

    “As I understand it, it is acceptable (though not always to be encouraged) if one makes public the comments received from referees, perhaps redacted to try and preserve anonymity.”

    In what context? I am slightly struggling to think of an example, beyond the usual “Thanks to the referee for helpful comments” line in the acknowledgements?

    I guess your worry is that if you tell us which paper, and which journal, the editor becomes somewhat trivial to discover??

    • 11 October, 2011 4:07 pm

      I was more referring to the occasional practice of remarks, left on webpages or blogs or similar, along the lines of: “here is some mathematics I worked on, we got the following feedback from a referee, suggesting we do X”. Now I’m ambivalent as to whether this kind of openness (exhibitionism, if one wants to be pejorative) is a Good Thing – but at least one could argue that this need not break confidentiality.

      In contrast, if feedback comes from the handling editors, then that really does seem to me like private correspondence made public…

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