Monday, November 3, 2014

PubPeer Pressure

Inside Higher Ed
November 3rd, 2014

Restaurants, movies, plumbers -- the internet can be used to crowdsource reviews of just about anything. So why not scientific research? That’s the idea behind PubPeer, an online platform to discuss research that’s already been published in other journals -- kind of like a Yelp for Ph.D.s. It’s part of a growing post-publication peer review movement that seeks to democratize the traditional peer review process, which many scientists say is old-fashioned and doesn’t always ensure quality. Some research suggests the same.
Post-publication peer review sites also hope to make correcting research errors more simple and immediate; instead of commenting on the initial article in the specific journal in which it appeared -- if commenting is enabled, that is -- peers can comment on the article in one clearinghouse for maximum visibility. At the same time, post-publication peer review sites generally have terms of use that require professional discourse. To that end, some require users to post comments under their real names.

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