Misuse of the peer-review system: Time for countermeasures?

Hans Ulrik Riisgård, Otto Kinne, Tom Fenchel, Everett Fee, Ray Hesslein, Jim Elser, Mary Scranton, Jon Cole, Nelson Hairston, Elizabeth Canuel, Ronnie Glud, Claus Nielsen, Peter Beninger, Rune Waagbø, Gro Ingunn Hemre, Gideon Hulata, Tore Høisæter, Donald McLusky, Ron Kneib, Sandra ShumwayRichard Warwick, Lars Hagerman, Poul Scheel Larsen, Jörg Ott, Peter C. Dworschak, Ferdinando Boero, Josep Maria Gili, Katja Philippart, Matthias Seaman

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The peer-review system is overloaded. This causes problems for reviewers and editors. The focus of this Theme Section (TS) is misuse of the peer-review system by repeated resubmission of unchanged manuscripts (mss). A number of editors and experienced reviewers were invited for comments. Most contributors have seen examples of authors resubmitting mss to new journals after rejection without considering the criticisms of former reviewers. No contributor objects to resubmission of mss to other journals, but all object to authors resubmitting a rejected ms practically unchanged to another journal. For some journals this is not a serious problem, but for others this practice is common and it needs to be stopped. It is fair to give authors a chance for a second opinion on their mss. Most authors take reviewer's reports into consideration before sending the ms to another journal, but many never inform the new journal that the ms had previously been rejected.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)297-309
Number of pages13
JournalMarine Ecology Progress Series
StatePublished - Aug 29 2003


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