Can We Fix Peer Review? A Brown Bag with Philip N. Cohen

Tuesday, November 06, 2018 at 12:00pm to 1:00pm

NE36, 6th Floor Shared Conference Room 105 Broadway 6th Floor Cambridge, MA 02142

Join Visiting Scholar Philip N. Cohen, Ph.D., for a lunchtime discussion around the Peer Review process

Specifically noted from his abstract, “Contemporary journal peer review is beset by a range of problems. These include (a) long delay times to publication, during which time research is inaccessible; (b) weak incentives to conduct reviews, resulting in high refusal rates as the pace of journal publication increases; (c) quality control problems that produce both errors of commission (accepting erroneous work) and omission (passing over important work, especially null findings); (d) unknown levels of bias, affecting both who is asked to perform peer review and how reviewers treat authors, and; (e) opacity in the process that impedes error correction and more systematic learning, and enables conflicts of interest to pass undetected. Proposed alternative practices attempt to address these concerns -- especially open peer review, and post-publication peer review. However, systemic solutions will require revisiting the functions of peer review in its institutional context.”

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