so, did asr actually change anything?
A few weeks ago, I expressed dismay at the multiple R&R, multi-year revision process that now takes place at our flagship journal. I picked on them in particular, but it’s really a demand for all journals (inc. AJS, SF, SP) in general to stabilize the review process and adopt some concrete rules. You should only R&R if you think there’s a reasonable chance of success. You really shouldn’t assign new reviewers in most cases. And, please, cut the multi-R&Rs unless it is a de-facto admission that a manuscript will almost certainly be published. This is the norm in economics – many R&R’s, but the R&R means that the paper will be published.
So my question is this: is there any sign at all this was taken seriously? I recently was asked to review at ASR and I expressed my concerns. I got a polite email back, but little indication otherwise. I agreed to review the paper (1st R&R and I was an original reviewer) but warned that I will not participate in 2nd or 3rd R&Rs.
I spent relatively little time at ASA, so I don’t know what people thought about this issue, or if our editors are thinking about getting control over the process. Your thoughts? What is the buzz on the street?