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Epistemic Diversity and Editor Decisions: A Statistical Matthew Effect

Heesen, R. & Romeijn, J-W., Sep-2019, In : Philosophers' Imprint. 19, 39, p. 1-20 21 p.

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This paper offers a new angle on the common idea that the process of science does not support epistemic diversity. Under minimal assumptions on the nature of journal editing, we prove that editorial procedures, even when impartial in themselves, disadvantage less prominent research programs. This purely statistical bias in article selection further skews existing differences in the success rate and hence attractiveness of research programs, and exacerbates the reputation difference between the programs. After a discussion of the modeling assumptions, the paper ends with a number of recommendations that may help promote scientific diversity through editorial decision making.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1-20
Number of pages21
JournalPhilosophers' Imprint
Volume19
Issue number39
Publication statusPublished - Sep-2019

    Keywords

  • Philosophy of science, Social structure of science, Cognitive division of labor, Matthew effect, Social epistemology, Formal epistemology, BIAS
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