The Costs of Critical Commentary in Economics Journals
THE BENEFITS OF CRITICAL COMMENTARY ARE MANIFEST. Indeed, all of human understanding depends upon it. Coelho, De Worken-Eley, and McClure (2005) document that critical commentary declined as a share of the pages published in five highly-ranked economics journals between 1963 and 2004. They argue that this decline constitutes a negative trend, chastising journal editors for this mistake, while enumerating several benefits that arise from commentaryâ€”especially the discovery and advertisement of errors and limitations, but also allowing readers and researchers to achieve a broader and deeper comprehension, constraining editorsâ€™ self-serving behavior, and piquing readersâ€™ interest. They argue that â€œan editorial posture that eschews critical commentary subjugates the spirit of scientific inquiry,â€ and suggest that editorsâ€™ ignorance of the benefits are at the root the problem (360).
Volume (Year): 3 (2006)
Issue (Month): 2 (May)
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