Monday 1 March 2010

Journals and research support

Writes Robin Hanson a propos the new push to reject papers funded by inconvenient groups:
If the new principle is that we mustn’t publish research not funded by groups committed to proving our official beliefs, how long before “our” beliefs exclude yours? How long before interdisciplinary journals like Science or Nature refuse to publish papers by economists, known for their suspiciously right-wing leanings, unless non-economist co-authors vouch for them? Do you really think that can’t happen?
This sort of nonsense is one of the many reasons why diversity in journals is to be welcomed, not squelched.

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