Science fiction? Why the long-cherished peer-review system is under attack
Publish Date: 24-OCT-2014 08:44 AM
The peer review system was designed to ensure that before research is published, it’s of good quality, whether everyone agrees with its conclusions or not. Under the system, a researcher who makes a discovery sends it to a science journal to publish. The journal sends it to a group of experts in the field to check it out to see whether the work is well done. If the peers approve, it is published — often with changes requested by these experts. But peer review is under assault, from both the outside and the inside.