Thought for the month

“You cannot have freedom without a rule of law ... and if you don't have it, what you tend to get is corruption and that is death to freedom, it's death to truth, it's death to honour, it's death to democracy.”

Margaret Thatcher, 1 October 1996.

Tuesday, 2 December 2014

No end of the peer review?

An article last month suggests that now the internet has made it easy to share an unsolicited opinion, traditional methods of academic review are beginning to show their age. It asserts that many believe that long-standing metrics of academic research (eg peer review, citation-counting, impact factor) are reaching breaking point. But we are not yet in a position to place complete trust in the alternatives, such as altmetrics, open science and post-publication review. Interestingly, at the same time, a researcher is taking legal action against a website over anonymous online comments about his work. Do we need better pre- and post- publication review mechanisms, better publications or just a good lawyer?

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