Thoughts on Peer Review and Mongooses

“… The main virtue of the peer-review system is that it’s basically uncorrupt. Its main vice: it’s weakly accountable and, as a result, intermittently neglectful. Reviewers can’t illegitimately profit from the review process because they can’t profit from it, period. Except in the abstract sense that it’s nice to be part of a healthy field, and to feel the feeling of doing one’s duty. It seems to me there is a simple fix. Publish referee reports with the journal articles themselves …” (more)

[John Holbo, Crooked Timber, 4 June]

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