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(On peer review, not on an illness) "A troubled tradition" (American Scientist)

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  1. Dolphin

    Dolphin Senior Member

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    [Kelly sent me a link to this (new) article about peer review. Although it's not on ME/CFS specifically, I think some people will find it of interest. It's not particularly difficult to read]

    Resnik D. A troubled tradition. American Scientist 2011; 99, 1: 24-27. DOI:
    10.1511/2011.88.24

    http://bit.ly/em9JMR i.e.
    http://www.americanscientist.org/issues/pub/2011/1/a-troubled-tradition

    or (all in one page, printer friendly)
    http://bit.ly/hhvql6 i.e.
    http://www.americanscientist.org/is...no.1,content.true,page.1,css.print/issue.aspx
     
  2. Dolphin

    Dolphin Senior Member

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    Peer review guidelines

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    The article isn't as dry as this, talking about why such guidelines may be necessary.
     
  3. Esther12

    Esther12 Senior Member

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    I was reading one paper that had a link to the whole peer review back and forth, with the names of all involved available. It was great!

    That's how I'd like to see things done. As open and publicly as possible. It did make the whole thing appear a bit of a shambles, and that could be one of the reasons this sort of openess might not be popular with reviewers.
     
  4. Dolphin

    Dolphin Senior Member

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    Yes, a lot of the journals on http://www.biomedcentral.com/ are like that. There is a button "pre-publication history" where one can see those exchanges. It's interesting.

    Also, one can actually pick up some criticisms of papers that way as the reviewers may not get their way and so the initial problems/omissions persist (and the authors may not discuss them).
    I've also found that reading some of those exchanges helped me get a better grip on some papers.
     
  5. Esther12

    Esther12 Senior Member

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    Yeah. I found it useful information, and it would be a shame to not let people make use of it.
     

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