Let’s remove editorial subjectivity from peer review

David Kent, University Affairs, Jul 21, 2015
Commentary by Stephen Downes

I tend to shun the journal submission process because I'm prone to having arguments with reviewers and editors about what constitutes 'research'. It does seem to me to be arbitrary. For example, here's one wherein "eight instructors participated in telephone interviews about their experiences and perceptions of using social media for teaching and learning." This counts as research! Just so, David Kent writes in University Affairs that "is important to highlight why peer review is so important to get right. It determines the disbursement of billions of dollars internationally, it determines which scientists’ careers progress and which come to an abrupt halt, and it is the theoretical linchpin to maintaining high-quality unbiased research." I think Kent should have gone much further in his thinking.

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