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01/23/2013

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Clayton

Yes.

David Morrow

I've only read a few of those comments. I was initially sympathetic to the idea that editors shouldn't know authors' identities. Several editors pointed out that they need to know the author's identity in order to choose appropriate referees, and that seems like a compelling point. Are there reasons to discount that concern? If not, what could be done to address it? Would it be feasible to have a separate "referee editor" whose job is to pick referees but not make decisions about which papers to accept?

Marcus Arvan

Hi David: I think the idea of a "referee editor" is great. It could satisfy the need to obtain appropriate referees while preventing decision-making bias.

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