Are referees sufficiently informed about the editor's practice?

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This paper clarifies why editors of academic journals should share with their referees the information about the number of referees they consult and the decision rule they apply. Our analysis also rationalizes the common questionable phenomenon of editors who seem to distort the yes or no recommendations of their referees. The editors request a recommendation of whether to accept or reject the paper as well as an assessment of the paper. The editors need the complete reports to make the appropriate correction of the referees' final recommendations.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1-11
Number of pages11
JournalTheory and Decision
Issue number1
StatePublished - 2001

Bibliographical note

Funding Information:
The first author acknowledges the support of the Schnitzer Foundation for Research on the Israeli Economy and Society.


  • Decision-making system
  • Editors
  • Endogenous acceptance criteria
  • Information sharing
  • Referees


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