james_nicoll (james_nicoll) wrote in reviewers_rant,

Right of reply

Should reviewers give authors a right of reply to reviews?

If yes, should authors use that right of reply, or is the potential for ugly dramatics too high?

I lean towards "yes" and "no", which now that I look at it is terribly convenient from the perspective of a reviewer. Also, if I really do believe that enough author/reviewer interactions end badly to be worth discouraging the practice, allowing them a right of reply is a fairly unkind action on my part.
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