What’s in a word?


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Think about the last publication manuscript that you submitted on a journal website. You entered the type of article, title, author information, abstract and the manuscript files. Then there’s the other stuff that took longer than it should to figure out. I’m talking about the “names of four proposed referees” and “five keywords separated by semicolons.” Did they also ask for names of people you didn’t want to review the manuscript? I never bothered with that because I thought I might as well upload a “send” button along with those names for the editor to click when he saw them.