Should Acknowledgments in Published Academic Articles Include Gratitude for Reviewers Who Reviewed for Journals that Rejected Those Articles?

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Rasanen , J & Louhiala , P 2021 , ' Should Acknowledgments in Published Academic Articles Include Gratitude for Reviewers Who Reviewed for Journals that Rejected Those Articles? ' , Theoria , vol. 87 , no. 3 , pp. 713-728 . https://doi.org/10.1111/theo.12310

Title: Should Acknowledgments in Published Academic Articles Include Gratitude for Reviewers Who Reviewed for Journals that Rejected Those Articles?
Author: Rasanen, Joona; Louhiala, Pekka
Contributor: University of Helsinki, University of Helsinki
Date: 2021-06
Language: eng
Number of pages: 16
Belongs to series: Theoria
ISSN: 0040-5825
URI: http://hdl.handle.net/10138/334194
Abstract: It is a common practice for authors of an academic work to thank the anonymous reviewers at the journal that is publishing it. Allegedly, scholars thank the reviewers because their comments improved the paper and thanking them is a proper way to show gratitude to them. Yet often, a paper that is eventually accepted by one journal is first rejected by other journals, and even though those journals' reviewers also supply comments that improve the quality of the work, those reviewers are not customarily thanked. We contacted prominent scholars in bioethics and philosophy of medicine and asked whether thanking such reviewers would be a welcome trend. Having received responses from 107 scholars, we discuss the suggested proposal in light of both philosophical argument and the results of this survey. We argue that when an author's work is published, the author should thank the reviewers whose comments improved the paper regardless of whether those reviewers' journals rejected or accepted the work. That is because scholars should show gratitude to those who deserve it, and those whose comments improved the paper deserve gratitude. We also consider objections against this practice raised by scholars and show why they are not entirely persuasive.
Subject: publishing
gratitude
acknowledgements
bioethics
research ethics
academic ethics
518 Media and communications
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