Is there any research/study/survey that looked at authors' willingness to receive public, online feedback (e.g. public comments on the publisher' website) on the papers they publish?

I am mostly interested in the field of computer science > machine learning / NLP / data mining, and English-speaking venues.

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    Can you list one example for "public comments on the publisher's website"? I've never seen that with any of the reputable publishers. Probably the bottleneck here is not the authors, but rather the publisher, because there would be a lot of moderation work.
    – DCTLib
    Commented Nov 28, 2014 at 5:31
  • @DCTLib Sure, e.g. PLOS. Yes I wonder where the bottleneck is. Commented Nov 28, 2014 at 5:42
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    Hmmm, PLOS is not really an example for a publication venue in computer science.
    – DCTLib
    Commented Dec 2, 2014 at 11:23
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    @DCTLib: Here is another reputable publisher's relevant comment, from PeerJ. "And rather than just tack on a blog like commenting system, we've built an entirely new way to interact and provide rich, structured feedback, ask questions, and add media links to any publication."
    – Todd Booth
    Commented Mar 16, 2015 at 15:53
  • @DCTLib NIPS proceedings have public reviews papers.nips.cc/book/…. This is one of the top tier machine learning conferences. Commented May 8, 2015 at 6:47

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Here are two studies that appear to focus on this question:

Both studies find a lot of ambivalence in current attitudes: in essence, one the one hand, it could be useful, on the other hand Don't Read The Comments.

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