Truth or Myth?

FEATUREIs Peer Review Broken?Truth or Myth? © GETTY IMAGESWe presented three common complaints about peer review at top-tier journals to editors at some of those journals. Here are their responses:ARTICLE EXTRASRelated Articles: Is Peer Review Broken?Submissions are up, reviewers are overtaxed, and authors are lodging complaint after complaint about the process at top-tier journal

Alison McCook
Feb 1, 2006
FEATURE
Is Peer Review Broken?

Truth or Myth?

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We presented three common complaints about peer review at top-tier journals to editors at some of those journals. Here are their responses:

Complaint: Editors at commercial journals are young and inexperienced, relative to editors at nonprofit or society journals. As a result, commercial journal editors (such as those at Nature or Cell) often make errors in judgment when sorting through conflicting reviewers' reports, or choose reviewers with obvious conflicts of interest, causing worthy papers to be rejected, or unworthy papers to be accepted.

Responses: It's...

 

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