Comment articles

It’s never happened as yet, but I was wondering what my response would be if someone wanted to write a Comment article about a Mol Ecol paper, but wanted to remain anonymous. The logistics would be quite easy, but the ethics are much harder.

Are Mol Ecol papers really so perfect that fewer than 1 in 100 currently get a Comment? I doubt it, which implies that there are probably a lot of issues out there being raised and discussed in journal clubs and over coffee tables that never come to the attention of the general readership. Would allowing anonymous Comments increase the number of these that we receive? Would the quality nose-dive? Other people I’ve mentioned this to are sure it’s a bad idea, but I think it’s worth pondering…

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About Tim Vines

I'm the managing editor of Molecular Ecology and Molecular Ecology Resources.
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  • Pieter Spealman

    Not to be too pithy – but have you considered the opportunity you have here to open up your comments section and perform some research on the matter?

    Yeah that really is too pithy I know, but: science! Really.

  • Tim Vines

    Hi Pieter,

    It’s certainly something I’ve considered- a sort of online journal club that picks a paper and discusses it, but clearly you’d have to be very careful about how you set it up to ensure that everything remained civil. I imagine that the authors would be there as well…

    Tim