draft of a petition for multiple submission
A few weeks ago, I suggested that we could speed up reviews by having “multiple submission” in sociology. Submit to as many journals as you want, when you want. Here is a draft of a petition for the ASA:
“Academic journals are central to the discipline of sociology. Our journals disseminate research and direct debate. The modern journal system in sociology has a draw back: it can take years for articles to be accepted for publication. Authors submit manuscripts to a journal and wait months, sometimes years, for a reply. Some journals prefer a system of extensive revision so that years can pass between initial submission and final decision.
“We petition the ASA to institute ‘multiple submission’ as a policy for its journals. Modeled on the journal system in some other disciplines, the idea is simple. An author may submit to as many ASA journals as desired. Editors then manage peer review in the way they see fit. Upon receiving reviews, they offer an invitation for revision or acceptance for publication. If an author receives more than one offer of acceptance, they will contact other journals to determine if other editors are interested in the manuscript.
“The ASA has a flagship journal, the American Sociological Review. We recognize that the ASA has an interest in highlighting the most compelling research in this venue. We suggest that the American Sociological Review retain a ‘right of first refusal.’ If a paper is submitted to the ASR and any other ASA journal, then the author has an obligation to inform the editors of the ASR and give them the option to publish the paper.
“Multiple submission exists in the world of law journals and a modified form exists in many physical sciences. It works – publishable articles can be accepted within a year, or less, rather than multiple years. This proposal is simple and easy to implement. Thank you for your consideration.”
Purpose: Keep proposal simple and direct. Add your revisions in the comments.