Peer Review’s Big Problems causing Science to Suffer

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Peer Review’s Big Problems causing Science to Suffer

Post by MSI » Tue Aug 09, 2016 2:45 pm

New Republic Aug 2016 Science Is Suffering Because of Peer Review’s Big Problems
  • How to reform the journal publication process.
Which begins...
  • A scientist can spend several months, in many cases even years, strenuously investigating a single research question, with the ultimate goal of making a contribution—little or big—to the progress of human knowledge.
    Succeeding in this hard task requires specialized, years-long training, intuition, creativity, in-depth knowledge of current and past theories and, most of all— lots of perseverance.
    But, prior to publication, any investigation must pass the screening of the “peer review.” This is a critical part of the process—only after peer review can a work be considered part of the scientific literature. And only peer-reviewed work will be counted during hiring and evaluation, as a valuable unit of work.
    What are the implications of the current publication system—based on peer review—on the progress of science at a time when competition among scientists is rising?
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