This is novel: the journal Economic Inquiry offers submitting authors a “no revisions” option. If an author chooses this option (and it is merely an option), the paper will be sent to referees, who are asked only whether it would be better for the journal to accept or reject the paper, and why. The editor’s decision is to either accept as is, or reject; no inviting a revision. See The Monkey Cage for discussion.
Would you want to see ecology journals offer this option? I find it intriguing. It would surely offer authors an incentive to really polish the ms before submitting it. And it might be a bit easier to find reviewers for such papers, as the reviewers wouldn’t have to write detailed comments or suggest revisions. And any authors who didn’t like it could simply choose to do things the usual way. Is there any downside to offering a “no revisions” option? And if this option was available, would many authors take it up?