Modification:Sciento-2019-0003

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Accept that the commentators of suggested modifications are allowed to suggest reformulations of the original formulations. Also accept that, by default, the new formulation should bear the original author’s name, unless the author decides to give credit to those who significantly contributed to the new reformulation. This should be decided collegially by the author, the commentators, and the editors on a case-by-case basis.

The modification was suggested to Scientonomy community by Jamie Shaw and Hakob Barseghyan on 22 December 2019.1 The modification is currently being evaluated; a verdict is pending.

Preamble

One problem with the current scientonomic workflow is that the commentators of a suggested modification are not allowed to reformulate the original formulations proposed by the author of that suggested modification. When discussing a suggested modification, it sometimes happens that commentators come up with alternative formulations which, compared to the original formulation, have a better chance convincing the community. We've had cases like this during our off-line discussions. Yet, such reformulations are currently forbidden by the scientonomic workflow, which stipulates that any such reformulation should be suggested in a new paper, registered as a separate suggested modification, and assessed accordingly. Thus, even when all the discussants agree that a tweak to the original formulation can solve the problem, the current workflow doesn't leave them any choice other than working on publishing another paper with the tweaked formulation. workflow forbids such a course of action. This creates a bottleneck, as it postpones a possible consensus formation by adding an unnecessary bureaucratic layer.

Modification

Theories To Accept

  • Allow Modification Reformulations (Shaw-Barseghyan-2019): The commentators of suggested modifications are allowed to suggest reformulations of the original formulations in the comments. By default, the new formulation should bear the original author’s name, unless the author decides to give credit to those who significantly contributed to the new reformulation.

Questions Answered

This modification attempts to answer the following question(s):

Verdict

The modification is currently being evaluated; a verdict is pending.

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References

  1. ^  Shaw, Jamie and Barseghyan, Hakob. (2019) Problems and Prospects with the Scientonomic Workflow. Scientonomy 3, 1-14. Retrieved from https://scientojournal.com/index.php/scientonomy/article/view/33509.