Refereeing the Game of Peer Review

Academy of Management Learning and Education Journal, Vol. 7, No. 1, pp. 124-129, 2008

Northeastern U. College of Business Administration Research Paper No. 08-007

Posted: 29 Dec 2008  

Joseph A. Raelin

Northeastern University - D’Amore-McKim School of Business

Abstract

In this article, I depict the journal peer review process as a high-stakes game involving three parties: editor, reviewer, and author. In light of a not-infrequent transposition of what should have been a constructive professional development process into a self-promotional social process, critiques of peer review have abounded, such as the as-is process recently recommended by Eric Tsang and Bruno Frey in this journal. While the as-is process highlights and potentially remedies some of the abuses of the system, there may be less radical options through professional education and development to preserve the critical developmental function of peer review.

Keywords: peer review, professional autonomy, professional publication, academic freedom, peer control, professional development

JEL Classification: J44, L84, M14, M53, O34

Suggested Citation

Raelin, Joseph A., Refereeing the Game of Peer Review. Academy of Management Learning and Education Journal, Vol. 7, No. 1, pp. 124-129, 2008; Northeastern U. College of Business Administration Research Paper No. 08-007. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=1321007

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