David Art: DA-RT will discourage research on critical topics and create divisions between journals and within CP

David Art writes: “I admit to being blissfully unaware of this debate until I woke up to find that a faction of political scientists had succeeded in getting the center of gravity of journal publication to shift dramatically in their favor, at least for the moment. The comments from other colleagues have been valuable and I would like to offer a few remarks. My conclusion—stemming from a core principle that regulating the marketplace of ideas requires a justification more robust than those offered by proponents of DA-RT—is that withdrawing from this “agreement” would be a good idea and clear sign to the rest of the field that comparativists are not up for replaying the debates of the previous several decades. Or at least I am not.” Read his full comments here.

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Hochschild and Ishiyama respond to Monroe

On November 17, APSA President Jennifer Hochschild posted the following comment:

With her permission, I sent Kristie Monroe’s blog post of Nov. 11, describing several research projects for which it would be difficult to comply with mandates for transparency, to John Ishiyama. I asked him to comment on her concerns from the perspective of an APSR editor, under the forthcoming DA-RT guidelines for the APSR. Here is his response, which he gave me permission to post here:

“I think that all of the situations that were described by Kristie can easily be handled under the guidelines as they are currently written [a draft is to be posted soon]. If they are expressed in these terms, these can certainly be considered exceptions, and the editors can certainly grant an exception in these cases (especially if authors explain the reasoning as well as Kristie has). Enough flexibility is built in to deal with these situations. Importantly no one will be desk rejected for the reasons that Kristie has mentioned.”

Rick Wilson on “DA-RT, TOP and Rolling Back Transparency”

Rick Wilson blogs about his thoughts on DA-RT, and brings attention to Transparency and Openness Promotion (TOP) guidelines. He writes: “Personally, I am inclined to sign the DA-RT delay petition because DA-RT does not go far enough.” But he finds it “puzzling that there is resistance to making it clear how one reaches a conclusion.” To him, “All good science is about elucidating the process by which one reaches a conclusion.” You can view his full blog post here.