Economists Try Open-Source Peer Review

7 March 2007 at 12:12 am 3 comments

| Peter Klein |

It didn’t work so well for Nature, but a new economics journal, e-conomics, is giving open-source peer review a try. The journal, associated with the Kiel Institute, “adopts a ‘Linux approach’ to publication, viewing research as a cooperative enterprise between authors, editors, referees and readers.” After a paper is submitted, it is posted on the journal’s site and registered readers are invited to comment and to rate other readers’ comments. Formal referee reports are also solicited and, when received, published on the site, along with author responses to the reader discussion and to the referees. If the paper is accepted, this history is preserved along with the final version of the paper, which remains freely available.

There are already some good submissions available for public review, including Oliver Williamson’s “Transaction Cost Economics: An Introduction,” a revised version of which will also constitute the introduction to the Elgar Companion to Transaction Cost Economics.

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  • 1. Chih-mao Hsieh  |  7 March 2007 at 12:10 pm

    That’s one heck of an advisory board. I’ve skimmed through the site and my main questions are:

    (1) Will ‘e-conomics’ end up being taken seriously, towards tenure? Any thoughts on whether it will vary dramatically from school-to-school? I notice that the advisory board is composed of some godfathers in the USA, but most of the editorial board and subscribers hail from Europe. Is publication in ‘e-conomics’ more likely to impact tenure requirements and/or dossiers in Europe than the USA?
    (2) Will publication in this outlet require an agreement not to submit for publication in the more-traditional outlets? Will the more-traditional outlets disallow manuscripts of papers already published in ‘e-conomics’?

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