By Dan Markel, Ethan Leib, Rick Garnett, Matt Bodie, Paul Horwitz , Steve Vladeck, and Orly Lobel
In continuing to think about scholarly journals, I thought I?d return to a perennial topic (for example, here): peer review. I?m still not sure I understand the attitudes towards peer review at law school.
Yes, I get that most law reviews don?t do it, and those that do have some sort of pre acceptance review by faculty or specialists in a field typically rely on a process that is much less formal than the peer review systems in the social sciences and humanities that I am familiar with. I also understand that many law review articles are work shopped along the way before they are sent to law reviews, though we do that as well?more often in conferences, perhaps, than at law faculty workshops, but it?s the same idea. And yes, I realize that when law professors go up for tenure or promotion, their files (along with their publications) are sent to referees who do a post-publication review. But, of course, we do that too in the humanities and social sciences.
What I don?t quite get is why you don?t do it. Is peer reviewing simply not something you?ve done, so you don?t really want to start? Or is it something that isn?t really desirable for some other reason(s)? If there are other reasons, what are they?
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