Secretive and Subjective, Peer Review Proves Resistant to Study

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Author: Jennifer Couzin-Frankel

...while many pieces of the publications puzzle are yielding to scrutiny, the peer-review process itself is not. "Nothing much has changed in 25 years," says Ana Marušić of the University of Split in Croatia, who studies research methodologies. "It's always the same story." Interventions to improve peer review fail again and again. Mentorship to train reviewers doesn't make a difference in their ability to spot problems in papers. And there is still scant evidence that peer review makes published papers any stronger.

Journal: Science Magazine 2013