Peer reviewed publications have been under some additional scrutiny lately, as some of the practices of peer review aren’t quite as honest and reliable as they once might have been. Fortunately, there are some solutions that create alternatives to the peer review process that involve opening up the content for more reviewers to study, question and verify results. Having reliable information more widely available to the public sounds like it can’t go wrong, but it’s not easy to build a reputation on a small database of preprints. However, as more and more significant results come from unlikely people, the process of peer review will need to adapt and account for unexpected authors.
- Academic journals are a multi-billion-dollar industry with a handful of dominant publishers. These paywalled systems could be disrupted by more open publishing schemes used by organizations such as PLOS, arxiv.org and academia.edu — if the next generation of peer review turns out to be effective and economical. [url]
- PubPeer creates an anonymous forum for criticizing technical papers — offering a kind of alternative to the traditional peer review process to help weed out unreliable publications. However, the anonymous nature of PubPeer may be threatened by a court order to reveal a commenter’s identity over alleged defamation. [url]
- A scientific publication that’s peer reviewed by kids (age 8-16yo) is getting children into the game of science early. Frontiers for Young Minds isn’t exactly the cutting edge of science, but it’s free for submissions and has no paywall. The business model probably doesn’t scale too well, but nobody is likely getting tenure based on papers published before they could legally drive. [url]
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