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Hidden connections: Network effects on editorial decisions in four computer science journals
Linnaeus University, Faculty of Social Sciences, Department of Social Studies. (DISA;CSS;Linnaeus University Centre for Data Intensive Sciences & Applications)ORCID iD: 0000-0003-2837-0137
Linnaeus University, Faculty of Social Sciences, Department of Social Studies. (DISA;CSS;Linnaeus University Centre for Data Intensive Sciences & Applications)ORCID iD: 0000-0002-0882-4851
University of Valencia, Spain.
Springer Nature, Germany.
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2018 (English)In: Journal of Informetrics, ISSN 1751-1577, E-ISSN 1875-5879, Vol. 12, no 1, p. 101-112Article in journal (Refereed) Published
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This paper aims to examine the influence of authors’ reputation on editorial bias in scholarly journals. By looking at eight years of editorial decisions in four computer science journals, including 7179 observations on 2913 submissions, we reconstructed author/referee-submission networks. For each submission, we looked at reviewer scores and estimated the reputation of submission authors by means of their network degree. By training a Bayesian network, we estimated the potential effect of scientist reputation on editorial decisions. Results showed that more reputed authors were less likely to be rejected by editors when they submitted papers receiving negative reviews. Although these four journals were comparable for scope and areas, we found certain journal specificities in their editorial process. Our findings suggest ways to examine the editorial process in relatively similar journals without recurring to in-depth individual data, which are rarely available from scholarly journals.

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Elsevier, 2018. Vol. 12, no 1, p. 101-112
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URN: urn:nbn:se:lnu:diva-69194DOI: 10.1016/j.joi.2017.12.002ISI: 000427479800008OAI: oai:DiVA.org:lnu-69194DiVA, id: diva2:1165225
Available from: 2017-12-12 Created: 2017-12-12 Last updated: 2018-07-10Bibliographically approved

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