On doffing the mask

Journal of Academic Ethics 5 (2-4):217-219 (2007)
J. Angelo Corlett’s response to Leigh Turner defends the current practice of anonymous refereeing in scholarly journals. In reply to him: a slightly refined proposal for signed referees’ reports, with temporarily blind refereeing, would restore to the process of publication, in philosophy at least, the sense of responsibility for rational debate, cooperation, mutual criticism, and simple courtesy which is expected among colleagues in public academic relations, and would also allow more credit for the difficult task for refereeing. Personal observation of the quality of referees’ reports suggests that a gathering of anecdotal evidence would show the need for reform.
Keywords Anonymous refereeing  Collegiality  Corlett  Peer review  Responsibility  Role of journals  Transparency  Turner
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