Sunday, October 28, 2007

Advice to Law Journals, Part 13

13    search authors on google before accepting a piece

In this world that respects (with good reason) double blind peer review, we're often led to think we should not investigate an author's background.  There are great, great reasons for double blind peer review.  But as long as we've dropped the pretense of double blind review, there's some good reason to investigate authors before making an offer.  You may be quite surprised by what you find; at least, the students I've worked with have been on one or two occasions.  And, along those lines, it probably makes sense to run some kind of pre-emption check; don't just look up the author, look up the subject matter of the article you're about to accept and live with in one way or another for a while.

Alfred L. Brophy
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