How to Publish a Scientific Comment in 123 Easy Steps

31 August 2009 at 5:19 pm 3 comments

| Peter Klein |

This is floating around the web and good for a chuckle. The situation in social science is in some ways better and in other ways worse than that described here (the author claims it’s based on a true story). Our journals are not quite as space constrained, on average, but our publication lags are typically much longer.

Be sure to read all the way through to the Addenda, in which the author makes interesting and important suggestions for revising the system. (HT: Randy.)

Entry filed under: - Klein -, Ephemera. Tags: .

The Amish Internet Chalk or Dry-Erase Markers?

3 Comments Add your own

  • 1. gabrielrossman  |  31 August 2009 at 6:25 pm

    It’s funny how so many of the problems were brought on by the hard science standard of extreme brevity. I’m not a fan of sociology or law journal bloat, but on the other hand hard science journals go way too far in the other direction. they would be a lot easier to read if they allowed the authors more than a thousand words. i remember i didn’t really understand basic aspects of the methods for Salganik, Dodds, and Watts until i saw Salganik present the paper, which is funny because the methods were actually pretty simple (which I mean as a complement).

  • 2. srp  |  1 September 2009 at 12:59 am

    I think it was Jared Diamond who complained about the ultra-dense writing in Science magazine. He pointed out that they had eliminated all the parts of speech except nouns, prepositions, and articles–the adjectives were nouns, the verbs were nouns, etc., e.g. A DNA Methylation System with Fluorescence Detection (for the literal-minded, I just made that up out of a string of terms and I know it’s nonsense).

  • 3. JonMote  |  1 September 2009 at 9:35 am

    I had a comparatively easy time writing a comment to the Journal of Economic Perspectives years back. The only bad thing that happened was the author of the original piece asked that a sentence be removed or, to paraphrase his original response, he would come after me and burn me to the ground. Even the editor seemed a little taken aback.

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out / Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out / Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out / Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out / Change )

Connecting to %s

Trackback this post  |  Subscribe to the comments via RSS Feed


Authors

Nicolai J. Foss | home | posts
Peter G. Klein | home | posts
Richard Langlois | home | posts
Lasse B. Lien | home | posts

Guests

Former Guests | posts

Networking

Recent Posts

Categories

Feeds

Our Recent Books

Nicolai J. Foss and Peter G. Klein, Organizing Entrepreneurial Judgment: A New Approach to the Firm (Cambridge University Press, 2012).
Peter G. Klein and Micheal E. Sykuta, eds., The Elgar Companion to Transaction Cost Economics (Edward Elgar, 2010).
Peter G. Klein, The Capitalist and the Entrepreneur: Essays on Organizations and Markets (Mises Institute, 2010).
Richard N. Langlois, The Dynamics of Industrial Capitalism: Schumpeter, Chandler, and the New Economy (Routledge, 2007).
Nicolai J. Foss, Strategy, Economic Organization, and the Knowledge Economy: The Coordination of Firms and Resources (Oxford University Press, 2005).
Raghu Garud, Arun Kumaraswamy, and Richard N. Langlois, eds., Managing in the Modular Age: Architectures, Networks and Organizations (Blackwell, 2003).
Nicolai J. Foss and Peter G. Klein, eds., Entrepreneurship and the Firm: Austrian Perspectives on Economic Organization (Elgar, 2002).
Nicolai J. Foss and Volker Mahnke, eds., Competence, Governance, and Entrepreneurship: Advances in Economic Strategy Research (Oxford, 2000).
Nicolai J. Foss and Paul L. Robertson, eds., Resources, Technology, and Strategy: Explorations in the Resource-based Perspective (Routledge, 2000).

Follow

Get every new post delivered to your Inbox.

Join 250 other followers