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Wednesday, January 14, 2004

Letter calling for prioritization of peer review

Jean-Patrick Connerade, Scandals stem from the low priority of peer review Nature 427, 196 (15 January 2004) (access restricted to subscribers). A letter to Nature argues that premium value be placed on peer-reviewing activities, making it one of the criteria for academic advancement and funding recipience. The author advocates for this to prevent "embarrassing fiascos and to ensure that the publication process remains reliable." In doing so, he makes rather an unfortunate generalization, setting up a difference between a peer-reviewed paper, and a "paper that has been uploaded by its authors onto some electronic archive," implying that papers in such archives have not been refereed and are lacking in quality.