The Refereeing System in Astronomy

  • Stuart R. Pottasch
Part of the Astrophysics and Space Science Library book series (ASSL, volume 256)


Experience with the refereeing system in astronomy is given1, In spite of a seeming antagonism between a referee (and editor) and an author, I believe that authors profit a great deal from having their article refereed, and they know it and wish to continue the system. Publication is in a state of flux, due to the large increase in the number of articles being submitted and the great increase in the use of the internet for preprints. The outcome cannot be predicted, but whatever it is, the refereeing system must be included.


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    Kennefick, D. 1999, The Expanding Worlds of General Relativity (Einstein Studies, Vol. 7) Eds. H. Goenner, J. Renn, J. Ritter & T. Sauer, pp. 207–234 (Birkhauser Verlag, Boston).CrossRefGoogle Scholar
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    Struve, O. & Zebergs, V. 1962, Astronomy of the 20th Century, p. 218 (Macmillan, New York).Google Scholar

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Authors and Affiliations

  • Stuart R. Pottasch
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  1. 1.University of GroningenGroningen

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