Academic mefites: Did I compromise the review process?
September 15, 2012 2:10 PM Subscribe
How much of an ethical breech is mistakenly sending a request for peer-review to a group of 5 people?
posted by Milau to education (4 answers total)
I made a mistake on Thursday afternoon and I can't figure out how bad it is.
I'm organizing a pannel for a conference. I had discussed it with a few people.
One of them sent me a request to review a paper for a journal she edits. In her email, she 1. asked me if I could review a paper and 2. asked me about the panel. The paper-review request is automated, so I answered that part on-line and started answering her questions about the panel. Midway, I decided to include the other panelists. And... Of course, I forgot to remove her email, where she asks me to review an article (with the abstract of the article attached).
To put it another way: now everyone in the panel knows I was asked to review this article. I don't think anyone in the panel wrote that paper, but I'm new faculty and I'm not sure I understand the full ramifications of peer review ethics - other than it has to be anonymous.
I wrote to her the minute I realized what I had done, but have yet to hear from her.
In your opinion, how bad is it? How should I handle this?