[Irtalk] Welcome Jan Velterop to our Advisory Board – introducing Peer Review by Endorsement – ScienceOpen Blog

Hilton Gibson hilton.gibson at gmail.com
Wed Apr 22 12:03:17 SAST 2015

The process of peer review is in a horrible mess. There, we said it. Many
others have done so and countless more think it but don’t speak out. Not a
day appears to go by without the emergence of bold-faced cheating – 170
articles have now been retracted for fake peer review, or some new dubious
practice – Editor quits journal over pay-for-expedited peer-review offer.

Peer review itself however remains a central tenet of academic discourse
but the integrity of science is being compromised and it is at risk of
being forever tarnished by scandals with the result that public trust will
decline further.

That this is not a desirable outcome goes without saying. *The question
then becomes “what are we prepared to do about it and will researchers ever
embrace a different process?*”

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