Referee Payment: A Two-Edged Sword

Amsciforum 2012-07-31


Subscription journals paying referees a fee may work for a while, in the short-term competition with Gold OA journals. But in the long run it will fail, and even rebound, if it raises subscription prices... Besides, considering the size of the chunk of time that conscientious refereeing takes away from already overloaded researchers, there isn't faintly enough money to compensate them for it in any but a token way, if the researcher is not intrinsically interested in refereeing the paper in question (in which case that is the real reason they agree to referee it). So fees will simply inflate dilettante refereeing.



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Date tagged:

07/31/2012, 20:32

Date published:

12/28/2009, 07:40