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Neil Mehta

Marcus, you raise excellent questions. I had meant to include many of the virtues you discuss here under the heading of significance, but I see that the guide does not express quite what I had in mind. The description in my guide is about making the significance of your article clear to the reader; it should have emphasized first ensuring that your article actually is significant.

Your central question is how we should make trade-offs between significance, originality, etc., on the one hand, and rigor, precision, etc., on the other hand. I agree with you that we must sometimes make trade-offs, and also that significance and related virtues count for a lot in these trade-offs!

Just an autobiographical remark to close: in my own refereeing I place great value on significance, and I see significance as compensating for modest failures of rigor and company.

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