anonymous survey: do you google the papers you review?

OK, I don’t think we’ve used the handy survey feature here at orgtheory before, so here goes.  So, with reference to the previous post — here’s an unscientific and anonymous poll (don’t worry: it’s anonymous, only the numbers/percentages are reported):

Written by teppo

July 14, 2009 at 9:28 pm

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  1. Do you view the results of polls before you vote in them?



    July 14, 2009 at 11:31 pm

  2. As I said, the poll is not scientific.



    July 15, 2009 at 4:38 am

  3. It’s a pity the results don’t show the number of responses..



    July 15, 2009 at 7:35 am

  4. Rense: I’m new to using the polling feature — I’ll see if I can tweak it so that the #s also show up (though hopefully the poll then does not “re-set” itself).



    July 15, 2009 at 5:44 pm

  5. OK, the actual numbers should now be visible. (And, yes — the poll only allows one vote per person, based on computer/ip address.)

    So far we have the following results (in case I am the only one seeing these…).

    Question: Do you google the papers that you review?

    Yes, almost every time. 39% (37 votes)

    Yes, but only after I have reviewed the piece. 18% (17 votes)

    Yes, I have done that once. 15% (14 votes)

    No, I have never done that. 28% (26 votes)




    July 15, 2009 at 9:30 pm

  6. Interesting results. Given these results, what strategic responses should one make when submitting a paper? Should an author with little professional success (so far), a graduate student, or someone at a less distinguished university not host working papers online?



    July 16, 2009 at 11:24 am

  7. I will now.



    July 16, 2009 at 6:54 pm

  8. Gordo: I know many journals request that one removes any online versions off-line during the review process. Though, obviously one often can’t control the ‘cached version’ issue. Changing titles of course might be another strategy (since paper titles are listed on conference programs). And, ideally reviewers resist the temptation to google and truly keep things blind to guard against any potential bias.



    July 16, 2009 at 7:31 pm

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