Saturday, December 11, 2010

That's Hollander, Barry A.

So I'm reviewing a manuscript for an academic journal slightly outside my field but on a topic I'm more than familiar with.  Otherwise I wouldn't be reviewing it, right? 

As I read the literature review and theory section it comes to me.  Hey, I published something on this only a couple of years ago, and in a pretty damn good journal, yet I don't seem to be cited.  And get this, the author brags that this study the first to examine this subject.  Which is fine -- if you happen to exclude my article.

Okay, how do I handle this?  Vaguely suggest the author look further in the literature?  Suggest specifically he or she read the journal in which I published?  Or come right out and say, Yo Skippy, try this: Hollander, Barry A. (2008). Tuning out or tuning elsewhere? Partisanship, polarization, and media migration from 1998 to 2006. Journalism and Mass Communication Quarterly, 85, 23-40.

2 comments:

bethany said...

As an author, I appreciate it when reviewers list specific citations that I missed. Vagueness can be really frustrating. And they don't know it's you.

Karen Russell said...

As an editor, I vote for "Yo Skippy."