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New Republic Aug 2016 Science Is Suffering Because of Peer Review’s Big Problems
- How to reform the journal publication process.
- 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?
- Topics in the article include:
- The impact factor and metrics of success
Big discoveries also got rejected
Problems with peer review
The question is, how could this happen?
Competition in science
Studying competition and peer review
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