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"When does peer review make no damn sense?" (Andrew Gelman)

Discussion in 'Other Health News and Research' started by Dolphin, Feb 2, 2016.

  1. Dolphin

    Dolphin Senior Member


    I think that patients (and other family members/similar) can add new and useful perspectives that can be missed by reviewers.

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  2. whodathunkit

    whodathunkit Senior Member

    Peer-review is also subject to cronyism. And commercialism (pay-to-publish or pay for positive/problem-free review).

    And more disturbingly these days, "popular narrative"-support-ism (support of a popular narrative regardless of whether it's scientifically supportable).

    Peer-review seems subject also to general stupid-ism, in that a lot of what gets published in ostensibly reputable publications apparently isn't reviewed by the brightest lights on the tree.

    That said, there is no fool-proof system. We all know that reviewers spam "cattle call" review systems like Yelp and Amazon to either make the thing being reviewed seem much worse or much better than it really is. Perhaps a blend of the two systems would be best: let it pass actual peer review, then put it in the open to be reviewed by others.
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