Slay peer review ‘sacred cow’, says former BMJ chief

UK“Peer review is a sacred cow that is ready to be slain, a former editor-in-chief of the British Medical Journal has said. Richard Smith, who edited the BMJ between 1991 and 2004, told the Royal Society’s Future of Scholarly Scientific Communication conference on 20 April that there was no evidence that pre-publication peer review improved papers or detected errors or fraud …” (more)

[Paul Jump, Times Higher Education, 21 April]

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