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Publication . Article . 2017

Assessing peer review by gauging the fate of rejected manuscripts: the case of the Journal of Artificial Societies and Social Simulation

Niccolò Casnici; Francisco Grimaldo; Nigel Gilbert; Pierpaolo Dondio; Flaminio Squazzoni;
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Published: 01 Jan 2017 Journal: Scientometrics, volume 113, issue 1, pages 533-546 (issn: 0138-9130, Copyright policy )
Publisher: Springer Netherlands
This paper investigates the fate of manuscripts that were rejected from JASSS-The Journal of Artificial Societies and Social Simulation, the flagship journal of social simulation. We tracked 456 manuscripts that were rejected from 1997 to 2011 and traced their subsequent publication as journal articles, conference papers or working papers. We compared the impact factor of the publishing journal and the citations of those manuscripts that were eventually published against the yearly impact factor of JASSS and the number of citations achieved by the JASSS mean and top cited articles. Only 10% of the rejected manuscripts were eventually published in a journal that was indexed in the Web of Science, although most of the rejected manuscripts were published elsewhere. Being exposed to more than one round of reviews before rejection, having received a more detailed reviewer report and being subjected to higher inter-reviewer disagreement were all associated with the number of citations received when the manuscript was eventually published. This indicates that peer review could contribute to increasing the quality even of rejected manuscripts.
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Microsoft Academic Graph classification: Publishing business.industry business Library science History World Wide Web Impact factor Social simulation Quality (business) media_common.quotation_subject media_common


Article, JASSS, Peer review, Rejected manuscripts, Impact factor, Citations, Social Sciences(all), Law, Library and Information Sciences, Computer Science Applications, General Social Sciences, Peer review, rejected manuscripts, the Journal of Artificial Societies and Social Simulation, Systems and Communications, Citations; Impact factor; JASSS; Peer review; Rejected manuscripts; Social Sciences (all); Computer Science Applications1707 Computer Vision and Pattern Recognition; Library and Information Sciences; Law

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