Multiple dimensions of feedback

Journal-independent review allows work to be rated separately in different areas: theoretical rigor and innovation, empirical methods, policy relevance, and so on, with separate ratings in each category by experts in that area. As a researcher in the current system, I cannot both submit my paper and get public evaluation from (for example) JET and the Journal of Development Economics for a paper engaging both areas.

The Unjournal, and journal-independent evaluation, can enable this through

  • commissioning a range of evaluators with expertise in distinct areas, and making this expertise known in the public evaluations;

  • asking specifically for multiple dimensions of quantitative (and descriptive) feedback and ratings (see especially #metrics-overall-assessment-categories under our Guidelines for evaluators); and

  • allowing authors to gain evaluation in particular areas in addition to the implicit value of publication in specific traditional field journals.

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