…without, of course, having a colleague pull strings in your favor, which we know never happens. Here is a pattern I’ve noticed for a while:
- A particular topic becomes popular in some field.
- A group of highly touted cool kid Jr. scholars in that field post and circulate half-baked drafts on the topic.
- The drafts become widely known, not due to their merits, but because such-and-such cool kids have drafts on them. “Cutting edge” drafts, not even published yet!
- Nobody else can write on that topic without interacting with the half-baked drafts.
- The half-baked drafts largely chart the course on that topic.
- Nobody qualified can blind-review the drafts because everyone already knows whose they are.
- Half-baked drafts eventually get invited for publication in high-profile venues on the topic.
Moral of the story: be a cool kid!
I could be wrong, of course. Maybe the cool kids aren’t doing it on purpose. But there sure are a lot of really bad papers that get undue attention and make it to the top without undergoing serious review, and most of them just so happen to be written by the cool kids.
- Will the Real Privileged Person Please Stand Up? - January 11, 2018
- How to Bypass Peer Review in Publishing in High Profile Venues - January 2, 2018
- Why Do Progressives Hate History? - September 29, 2017
- Philosophy Professor Assaults Trump Supporters - April 20, 2017
- An Even More Modest Proposal - February 17, 2017
- The Girls Who Cry Wolf - November 29, 2016
- How to Thrive in Philosophy as a Woman - November 14, 2016
- Why the Alt-Right is Ult-Wrong - October 29, 2016