[Irtalk] In (Digital) Scholarly Communications We Trust? | The Scholarly Kitchen

Hilton Gibson hilton.gibson at gmail.com
Mon Apr 7 15:48:20 SAST 2014

One of the study’s main findings is that – perhaps somewhat surprisingly –
peer reviewed journals are still the most trusted and preferred vehicle for
scholarly communication. If anything, the authors suggest that trust in
peer review has increased, though there are clear indications that this is
not the case for everyone. So, for example, while life scientists see peer
review as critical, young scholars (aged 30 and under) are more likely to
also trust other, less traditional forms of scholarly communication, such
as social media. They are much more likely to believe that checking to see
how many times an article is downloaded and taking account of colleagues’
opinions is important when deciding what they trust as readers, whereas
older researchers overwhelmingly see peer review as the most important

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