Marketing Papers

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Journal Article

Date of this Version

December 1992


Armstrong and Hubbard (1991), in a survey of editors of 20 psychology journals, found a bias against the publication of papers with controversial findings. The 16 editors who responded said that they received few papers with controversial findings "during the last two years." When they did receive such papers, the reviewers rejected them. Some of these editors expressed dismay over this situation and said that their referees usually rejected such papers. The study encountered only one instance where the reviewers agreed that a paper with controversial findings should be published. The editor who handled this case was blunt: he picked referees who would agree to its publication.


Postprint version. Published in International Journal of Forecasting, Volume 8, Issue 4, December 1992, pages 543-544.
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Date Posted: 15 June 2007

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