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Last by Tim on Oct 13, 2011, 5:20pm
There is a recent piece in the The Scientist titled "I Hate Your Paper"
that outlines the problems with the current peer review system and describes some of the alternatives that have been suggested. This has been discussed by Orac
, which was followed up on by DrugMonkey
There is no doubt that the current peer review system has some major problems. I won't defend that. However, some of the so-called "alternatives" seem to me to be prone to the same, if not worse, issues. Let us not forget,
Peer review in any shape or form is done by people.
Yes, reviewers can be snarky, unreasonable, stupid, vindictive and/or lazy.
And editors can be snarky, unreasonable, stupid, vindictive and/or lazy.
So can authors.
I've certainly been on the receiving end of what I consider to be completely unreasonable reviews.
As a reviewer I've probably written reviews that the authors have considere . . . More