Do we need… apparently not!
We had sent our discussion paper of Murray Aitkin’s Statistical Inference, with Andrew Gelman and Judith Rousseau, to the review section of JASA, but were again unsuccessful as the paper was sent back with the comments that “this paper is not a good fit for JASA Reviews. You may wish to consider broadening your discussion so that the paper reads less as an attack on Aitkin’s book“. While I understand that journals cannot publish all critical accounts of all statistics books, I feel a bit depressed by my overall lack of success in publishing extended book reviews. Electronic journals could easily include book discussions and I do not think this would negatively impact the readership as book reviews are generally appreciated by the community.