Blind Review of Academic Papers Unconstitutional Detrimental to National Competitiveness


Blind review of manuscripts by academic journals is unconstitutional and detrimental to national competitiveness

Academic journals should be utterly independent.  They should be fountains of truths discovered through research.  They should accordingly devise their operating procedures for accepting and rejecting research.  They may, for example, predetermine whether or not to publish an article through formal reviews or no review at all. 

This memo argues that an open review process (with the reviewers’ identities disclosed to authors) will not only achieve such journalistic mission, but also enhance national competitiveness and protect intellectual property rights of authors according to the constitution.

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