2022
DOI: 10.31222/osf.io/yskhj
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Abstract: Despite continued attention, finding adequate criteria for distinguishing “good” from “bad”scholarly journals remains an elusive goal. In this essay, I propose a solution informed by thework of Imre Lakatos and his methodology of scientific research programmes (MSRP). I beginby reviewing several notable attempts at appraising journal quality – focusing primarily on theimpact factor and development of journal blacklists and whitelists. In doing so, I note theirlimitations and link their overarching goals to tho… Show more

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“…Whatever the limitations of the studies and arguments described above, they indicate a paucity of research on peer review, the difficulty in studying it, and the reticence of scholarsand the systems which they compriseto self-reflect and evaluate their own functioning. This should give pause to those who take for granted peer review's role in the broader cultivation of social work knowledge (Dunleavy, 2020(Dunleavy, , 2021(Dunleavy, , 2022. In this remainder of this research note I examine why and how OPR rectifies some of the above issues, its benefits for social work research and education, and the various ways it may be implemented within the field of social work.…”
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“…Whatever the limitations of the studies and arguments described above, they indicate a paucity of research on peer review, the difficulty in studying it, and the reticence of scholarsand the systems which they compriseto self-reflect and evaluate their own functioning. This should give pause to those who take for granted peer review's role in the broader cultivation of social work knowledge (Dunleavy, 2020(Dunleavy, , 2021(Dunleavy, , 2022. In this remainder of this research note I examine why and how OPR rectifies some of the above issues, its benefits for social work research and education, and the various ways it may be implemented within the field of social work.…”
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confidence: 99%