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

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dc.contributor University of Helsinki, University of Helsinki en
dc.contributor.author Rasanen, Joona
dc.contributor.author Louhiala, Pekka
dc.date.accessioned 2021-09-09T08:00:01Z
dc.date.available 2021-09-09T08:00:01Z
dc.date.issued 2021-06
dc.identifier.citation 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 en
dc.identifier.issn 0040-5825
dc.identifier.other PURE: 167817791
dc.identifier.other PURE UUID: f0641e58-59c0-4a38-8318-049aecd8d944
dc.identifier.other WOS: 000625761400001
dc.identifier.other ORCID: /0000-0003-4538-504X/work/98860198
dc.identifier.uri http://hdl.handle.net/10138/334194
dc.description.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. en
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dc.language.iso eng
dc.relation.ispartof Theoria
dc.rights en
dc.subject publishing en
dc.subject gratitude en
dc.subject acknowledgements en
dc.subject bioethics en
dc.subject research ethics en
dc.subject academic ethics en
dc.subject 518 Media and communications en
dc.title Should Acknowledgments in Published Academic Articles Include Gratitude for Reviewers Who Reviewed for Journals that Rejected Those Articles? en
dc.type Article
dc.description.version Peer reviewed
dc.identifier.doi https://doi.org/10.1111/theo.12310
dc.type.uri info:eu-repo/semantics/other
dc.type.uri info:eu-repo/semantics/publishedVersion
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