History and Philosophy of Physics


How to Reject any Scientific Manuscript

Authors: Dieter Gernert

After a short overview of arguments pro and contra peer reviews, examples of gross misjudgement are compiled, followed by an attempt to identify some frequent, recurrent patterns of unjustified rejection of scientific manuscripts. A few specific questions are studied in more detail: the claim for still more precise and comprehensive definitions, the right way of handling "parallel theories", and the frequent misuse of the term "pseudoscience". Finally, practical rules to improve refereeing, and "basic rights of authors" are proposed, together with a word of encouragement for future authors.

Comments: 10 pages, Journal reference - Journal of Scientific Exploration, Vol. 22, No. 2, pp.233 243, 2008

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[v1] 19 Jul 2009

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