Snotty reviewers

January 31, 2013
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(This article was originally published at Statistical Modeling, Causal Inference, and Social Science, and syndicated at StatsBlogs.)

I had a submission a couple years ago that was rejected by a journal. One of the reviewers began with the following snotty aside:

In this manuscript Gelman and Shalizi (there’s no anonymity here; this thing has been floating around the web for some time) . . .

Actually, we posted it on the same day we submitted it to the journal. But double-blindness allowed the reviewer to act as if we had done something wrong! And, even if it had been “floating around the web for some time,” that’s not necessarily a bad thing. Perhaps it just meant that the article had previously been rejected by a bad-attitude reviewer!



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