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22 J. Conflict Resol. 3 (1978)

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Editorial Comment


  This marks  the sixth volume of JCR for which I have served as
Editor. It is a long time. To celebrate (if that is quite the right word) the
occasion, it seems appropriate to say a few words about the procedures
we use, in this office, to evaluate manuscripts. Both readers and con-
tributors (potential or actual) have a right to be aware of our pro-
cedures, and in turn to evaluate them. The procedures must be under-
stood as not capricious, as fair and informed even though they will
often also be perceived and sometimes  rightly-as culminating in
mistaken decisions. Open evaluation serves important functions for
the profession at large.
   Every manuscript submitted is first read by the Editor and/or
Managing  Editor(s). All are discussed by the Editor and Managing
Editor(s) at a weekly meeting. Some small proportion of these manu-
scripts-not exceeding 20%-can  rather quickly be categorized as in-
appropriate for this journal. Sometimes that judgment can be made on
evident quality of the manuscript; more often the quality may be high
enough  but for one reason or another it still does not fit the image
we have of the journal and its readers. Such a decision may be made on
the basis of the topic covered, or of the approach; for example, though
we sometimes accept or even solicit purely opinion-pieces, we do not do
so routinely. With this small proportion of manuscripts we feel the
fairest treatment we can give authors is to notify them quickly of our
decision. Thus, we either reject the manuscript without sending it to a
referee, or may sent it only to a single referee.

© 1978 Sage Publications, Inc.

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