Re: "How to fix peer review."1 Your solution would certainly change the system, although I wonder if it might not exacerbate the existence of "camps" or "cliques" within each discipline. All one would need to do is get like-minded reviewers and then find a like-minded review editor at a journal.

Michael Crichton suggested in State of Fear that two or three environmental research grants should be given to separate research groups to examine the same thing simultaneously – hopefully without each lab knowing the others involved – and then comparing the results from the labs.2 It's a different problem, I think, but same goal of improving the information quality available to policymakers and public.


Peer review is not perfect, but it has been designed to blindly assess the scientific merit of submitted manuscripts. The idea is sound, and it is still working in a majority of journals....

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