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Thursday, February 09, 2006

What's Happening to Peer Review???

Two articles (at least) have recently appeared discussing the peer review process. One makes a case for the whole process being broken. The other offers a new twist to it.

"Is Peer Review Broken?" by Alison McCook, The Scientist, vol 20 (2), pg 26.
http://www.the-scientist.com/2006/2/1/26/1/
Submissions are up, reviewers are overtaxed, and authors are lodging complaint after complaint about the process at top-tier journals. What's wrong with peer review?

"Journal lays bare remarks from peer reviewers" by Emma Marris
Nature, vol. 439, 9 February 2006, page 642
http://www.nature.com/nature/journal/v439/n7077/full/439642b.html
Cloak of anonymity shed by new publication. Editors of a journal launched this week are out to revolutionize peer review. By publishing signed reviews alongside papers, they hope to make the process more transparent and improve the quality of the articles.

(the link to the Nature article may require Drexel authentication)
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