Referees and controversy



P. J. Baum has broadened the discussion of the peer review process, particularly as it pertains to the space physics section of the Journal of Geophysical Research (JGR-A). The primary point raised by Baum is that the referees tend to be cautious with regard to the introduction of new ideas or ideas with which they do not agree. When asked to decide whether or not a paper should be published (rather than the decision being made alone and unambiguously by the journal Editor), referees tend to recommend against publication of papers they do not feel are both sound and safe.