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open borders in national media

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For your perusal, I have compiled articles and op-eds about open borders published in national media:

  1. The Atlantic reviews the open borders movement.
  2. Alex Tabarrok discusses open borders in an op-ed in The Atlantic.
  3. Jeffrey Miron defended open borders in USA Today.
  4. Bryan Caplan defended open borders in Time Magazine.
  5. Nathan Smith defended open borders in Foreign Affairs.
  6. Vox has an interview with me on open borders.
  7. Vox has an earlier overview on open borders here.

Feel free to post in the comments more links to open borders coverage in the media.

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December 12, 2018 at 5:01 am

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theory for the working sociologist: publication history

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This month, I will delve into Theory for the Working Sociologist. This week, I’ll get into the publication history and review process. Later this month, I will get into how the text plays out in undergraduate and graduate classes.

This first post is about the publication history of the book. I think this is important to talk about because the book publication process is often opaque. Also, as you will see, it was a bit frustrating, so this is part of the “talking cure.”

How did it start? About ten years ago, I wrote a very short blog post called “All of Sociology in Four E-Z Steps.” The idea was simple. If I wanted to explain in very simple terms what sociology was all about, I would write a short blog post. Result? Over 8,000 clicks in one day. I was flabbergasted.

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December 10, 2018 at 5:58 am

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autechre/chiastic slide

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December 9, 2018 at 5:01 am

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teaser for contexts fall 2018 and it’s like totally and literally good

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In a little while, you will get your paper copies of Contexts Fall 2018 and it will rock. I guarantee it. You may ask, “Sir Editor, how hard will it rock?” It has an interview with Viet Nguyen, author of the Pulitzer Prize winning novel, The Sympathizer. And that’s just the tip of the iceberg. This is our first themed issue on Asian America and we’ve got sweet, sweet stuff for you. While it travels in the mail, check out the website for the interview and other tasty morsels. Soon, we’ll put it all online – free for 30 days!!!

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December 6, 2018 at 5:06 am

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free speech norms can protect people on the left *and* right

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I always find it a bit saddening when academics on the left criticize or reject calls for campus free speech and promote “hate speech” codes. Academics need free speech because what is true may not be popular. Furthermore, faculty protections and norms around free speech were often developed to protect folks on the left, like Civil Rights era activists and pro-labor professors.

Here we are again. Professor Marc Lamont Hill of Temple University is being investigated for “hate speech.” Apparently, Hill said that we wanted a Palestine from “river to sea.” Yes, I completely recognize that the subject of Israel and Palestine is highly contentious and that he’s been accused of inciting violence. But that is exactly why speech needs protection. Hill is hired to be a professor, which entails a responsibility to seek truth as he see fits. And that will include contentious topics. That is why free speech is needed.

Let this be a lesson to people on any side of the political spectrum. Once you make exceptions to the norms around protected speech, your enemies will one day use them against your side. Maybe the folks who wrote the “hate speech” code at Temple did not have this outcome in mind, but it happened.

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December 4, 2018 at 5:03 am

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what should the acceptance rate of sociological science be? or of any other journal for that matter?

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A few days ago, I noted that Contexts is actually competitive in the sense of publishing a small fraction of what we get. I noted that our acceptance rate is similar to respected journals. I wrote the blog post because I thought it was interesting. I also thought that it might help the journal. If people knew that we actually took care to curate the journal, that we didn’t publish whatever we got, we might attract some really good authors.

In the comments, though, something interesting happened. Kim Weeden wrote to say that Sociological Science‘s acceptance rate was now below 20%, when I noted that it used to be around 20%-25%. Then, a third anonymous commenter wrote:

I find it fascinating that SocSci has such a low acceptance rate. No doubt there is some percentage of submissions that are flawed beyond what can be reasonably improved in a single revision, but I can’t believe that’s > 80%. (If it is, the discipline is surely in trouble!) With virtually no space constraint in a purely online publication, it seems like the decision has been to prioritize the “status marker” aspect of publication, a la ASR or AJS, with the same sort of judgment of what is or is not “interesting” being a main factor in a manuscript’s fate. (Note that personally I’ve never submitted anything to SocSci, so this is just an observation, not bitterness over a rejection!)

Great question. Soc Sci‘s existence raises a very important question about publishing. Soc Sci is online – there is no print limitation on how many articles they can have. It is new, so there is no tradition or custom about the number of articles published. It is author financed (for the most part, I think), so there is no budget that limits articles. Thus, we have a few questions:

  1. Why is the acceptance rate so low?
  2. Why has it been dropping?
  3. Why not increase the acceptance rate?

I don’t work for Soc Sci and have no insider information. Unlike the commenter, I did once send in an article unsuccessfully, but I hold no grudge. I’ve been shot down at every single major sociological journal and more book presses than I can remember and that is normal. But I can still offer some ideas.

  1. Taste and curation: Soc Sci is not an open access publishing platform a la  PLoS One. It reflects the taste of the editors.
  2. Competence vs. quality: Soc Sci has an implicit threshold of quality beyond the competence of the article.
  3. Personnel limits: PLoS can publish tons of materials because they have this vast system of editors. In contrast, Soc Sci has a normal editorial team and board. It can only handle so much.
  4. Prestige: Maybe the Soc Sci founders really want to show open access can have the same cache as a traditional flagship journal or esteemed specialty journal. If so, rejection is a key strategy.
  5. Garbage: At PLoS one, you are allowed infinite revisions until it is competent. In contrast, Soc Sci has a “take it or leave it” policy. Either it is ready to go, or they won’t take it. That means a low acceptance rate.
  6. Visibility: Maybe the # of articles in sociology that are “ready to go” is constant, but the acceptance rate drops as the journal becomes visible and less strong authors send in manuscripts that really aren’t ready.

Long time readers know that I am a “journal pluralist.” We want lots of different publication models and not just the traditional hierarchy of flagship > everyone else. If you buy my view, then there is no “right” acceptance rate for Soc Sci. If they want prestige, they should reject a lot. If they want to open up science, they should be less picky. If you want development of ideas, then you’ll need to R&R. You can’t have it all, but you are certainly allowed to choose one strategy and then build a great journal around that model. And if they want a free online version of a high visibility journal, then they are making good progress and I wish them the best.

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December 3, 2018 at 5:17 am

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recorda-me, 1985

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December 2, 2018 at 5:56 am

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