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Does Peer Review Ensure Scientific Integrity? Should it? Can it?

[From the article “The changing forms and expectations of peer review” by Serge Horbach and Willem Halffman, published in Research Integrity and Peer Review, 2018, 3:8] This is a wonderful article that provides a comprehensive discussion of peer review in…

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IN THE NEWS: Mother Jones (September 25, 2018)

[From the article, “This Cornell Food Researcher Has Had 13 Papers Retracted. How Were They Published in the First Place?” by Kiera Butler, published in Mother Jones] “In 2015, I wrote a profile of Brian Wansink, a Cornell University behavioral science researcher who…

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At the Journal Nature, Peer Reviewers Have the Right To…

[From an editorial published in Nature entitled, “Referees should exercise their rights”] “At Nature, we recognize that our peer reviewers have certain ‘rights’. One of the most well known is the right to anonymity. Less widely known is that referees have the…

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REED: How “Open Science” Can Discourage Good Science, And What Journals Can Do About It

In a recent tweet (or series of tweets) Kaitlyn Werner shares her experience of having a paper rejected after she posted all her data and code and submitted her paper to a journal. The journal rejected the paper because a…

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Peer Review Has Low Power: Act Surprised

[From the article “Peer review post-mortem: how a flawed aging study was published in Nature“, posted at the website, nrc.nl] “How could an article with numerous shortcomings be published in top-tier journal Nature?  Hester van Santen reveals how the gate-keepers of…

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BOB REED: Replications and Peer Review

“Weekend Reads”, the weekly summary by IVAN ORANSKY of Retraction Watch, recently listed two articles on Peer Review.  One, a blog by George Borjas, concerns the recent imbroglio at the American Economic Review involving an editor who oversaw the review of…

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Changing the World, One Peer Review at a Time

A new initiative calls for journal reviewers to ask editors to request authors to provide data and supporting code/documentation before they agree to review the manuscript.  From The Peer Reviewers Openness Initiative: “We suggest that … reviewers make open practices a pre-condition…

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