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Peer review unscientific? Tough words from Nature

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From Nature:

Peer review is touted as a demonstration of the self-critical nature of science. But it is a human system. Everybody involved brings prejudices, misunderstandings and gaps in knowledge, so no one should be surprised that peer review is often biased and inefficient. It is occasionally corrupt, sometimes a charade, an open temptation to plagiarists. Even with the best of intentions, how and whether peer review identifies high-quality science is unknown. It is, in short, unscientific.More.

Couple things: Peer review got started, some tell us, as a means of helping U librarians decided what journals to subscribe to. Einstein didn’t have peer reviewers because, back then, his peer were fellow Nobelists. After WWII, science became Big Business so millions of non-Nobelists were in it …

This is maybe a fight people need to be having, for a little while anyway.

See also: Clinical research mostly not useful; news tsunami anyway?

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3 Replies to “Peer review unscientific? Tough words from Nature

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    Robert Byers says:

    Science is just figuring things out. The peerage is just figuring out if someone figured rightly;y in a paper. Its still just people and their intellectual ability.
    So easily it fails. it can succeed.

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    Andre says:

    I have a simple defenition for science it’s the business of seeing what causes what.

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    kairosfocus says:

    Peer review (by seniors) is how graduate degrees are awarded in science.

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