Peer review in the age of Google?

in Peer Review, Scholarly Communication
October 19th, 2010

Michael O’Malley’s recent essay, “Googling Peer Review,” raises some really interesting questions about the peer review as we move from an age of information scarcity to information abundance…

Who is not ambiva­lent about peer review?  On the one hand, it estab­lishes a basic, reli­able level of qual­ity in argu­ment and in evi­dence. On the other, it grinds every­thing down to a bland same­ness. Peer review assures pro­fes­sional stan­dards are met, and also enforces ortho­doxy. Anony­mous peer review pre­vents intim­i­da­tion: anony­mous peer review allows  irre­spon­si­ble, spite­ful crit­i­cism. Peer reviews can be extremely help­ful: peer reviews can crush the spirit. They take for­ever, and they also present a sig­nif­i­cant bur­den of uncom­pen­sated labor.

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