Open peer review finds more takers

Ewen Callaway, Nature, Nov 21, 2016
Commentary by Stephen Downes

A step forward for open peer review. "Nature Communications announced that around 60% of its authors in 2016 had agreed to have their reviews published, and that it would therefore continue to offer scientists the option — although would not make it mandatory." As well, a European Commission survey found "more than half of its 3,062 respondents thought that open peer review should become routine." There are arguments in favour, but not everyone agrees with the idea, of course. Stephen Heard writes that in private reviews, "I can write colloquially.  I can be candid about other papers the author might be citing, or not citing."

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