Why three reviewers?

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In our newest “how can we help you?” thread, a reader asks:

I have submitted a paper to a special issue of Synthese, and it is now under review of the third reviewer. Is it normal to get a paper reviewed by more than two reviewers (in my case, three) in a special issue? Does this mean that there are conflicting suggestions from the first two reviewers?

Another reader, “ref”, responded:

Yes, there probably was a split verdict, but one was promising enough to warrant a 3rd opinion

This seems probable to me, but I wonder whether journals sometimes commission three reviewers even without a split verdict. Any editors care to weigh in?

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