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TEACHING ETHICS THROUGHOUT THE CURRICULUM

Case 80. Selection of Reviewers -- Competing approaches in a field

Situation

Vern Baron, an editor, receives a paper in a sub-field that is divided into competing approaches. Followers of a given approach rarely cite work using the other and vice versa, and if they do, it is to dispute its validity.

Questions

  1. What is Baron's responsibility in selecting reviewers? Should he select only reviewers whose approaches are compatible with that of a paper in one or another of these competing approaches?
  2. What is Baron's responsibility to the journal he edits and to the sociological community?  Should referees reflect the diversity of approaches in the sub-field?

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