Readability and Prestige in Scientific Journals

Journal of Information Science, Vol. 15, pp.123-124, 1989

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J. Scott Armstrong

University of Pennsylvania - Marketing Department

Abstract

As HTM suggest, better measures would help But this is unlikely to occur, given the vast effort already devoted to this issue of assessing readability. I believe it is more important to study situations that will allow for further tests of the bafflegab hypothesis. Results from these studies should then be included with the prior studies using meta-analysis in an attempt to determine the conditions under which the bafflegab hypothesis is true. Certainly there must be situations where scientists should write clearly. One possibility is that they should write clearly when they have something important to say.

Keywords: Readability, scientific journals, meta-analysis, scientific methods

Suggested Citation

Armstrong, J. Scott, Readability and Prestige in Scientific Journals. Journal of Information Science, Vol. 15, pp.123-124, 1989. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=668145

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