at contexts, we’ll stand by your article

Over at Contexts, Phillip and Syed have their own response to the Hypatia/Tuvel controversy. They think that Hypatia should stand by their article and then they describe their recent experience publishing a controversial interview of Rachel Dolezal, conducted by NYU’s Ann Morning:

Contexts as a magazine, we as editors, and Ann Morning took a lot of flak for our publishing this interview. Why did we publish it? Dolezal, like her or not, has a fascinating story, and Morning did a great job interviewing her. Are there reasons to be critical? Of course there are—there always are. So go ahead and criticize, we can take it. We are firmly in the camp that it’s better to publish stuff that sparks a conversation than to not. Haters will hate (cool), but the constructive criticizers help to make our science better. Isn’t that what we signed up for? Criticizers could pitch us an article idea—arguably a better use of time than a Twitter rant. No one actually did this yet, though.

Everything that goes into Contexts (and we should think pretty much every publication, and certainly academic publications) has been approved by the editors (us) whether it is peer-reviewed or not. Unless there’s fraud, you stand behind the authors and their work you publish. Like we did with Ann Morning’s interview with Rachel Dolezal. If you can’t do that, you should resign.

Normally, editors can’t promise much. We can try to get your article reviewed in a timely fashion and we can give tips on responding to reviewers. But I’ll make this additional promise when Rashawn and I take over Contexts in a few months. We may agree with your article, or we may disagree with it, but if we publish it, we’ll stand by it.

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Written by fabiorojas

May 10, 2017 at 12:02 pm

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