Wednesday, September 19, 2007
I've seen a lot of students over the years reject pieces because they are on topics that they (the editors) are not interested in--or perhaps do not understand. In fact, a propos of this I was having lunch on Friday with a student who's working on a terrific empirical study of probate in antebellum Tuscaloosa. (We've praised Lawrence Friedman et alia's recent empirical work on probate here.) When talk turned to placing the article, he looked at me and said--rather pessimistically--"I guess a lot of editors will look at this and say 'I don't want to deal with cite-checking this.'" I'm sure he's right; but that would be a mistake for an editor to say that. They'll miss an opportunity in this case--and in lots of other ones, too--to publish something that's original and makes a significant contribution.
Alfred L. Brophy
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