I have been required to complete a “responsible conduct of research” training module by the research office at my school. The reason I am commenting is that I was asked to answer the following question “true” or “false”. This is not meant to be an opinion, it is from a quiz on which I am supposed to maximize my score.
True or false: “A good alternative to the current peer review process would be web logs (BLOGS) where papers would be posted and reviewed by those who have an interest in the work.”
I thought that would be interesting to people who follow Boole’s rings. The correct answer, of course, was “false”. Here is the rationale they gave:
“Although the peer review process is evolving, the described system would probably not work very well. It is likely that the peer review process will evolve to minimize bias and conflicts of interest. It is, in the best interest of everyone involved in the research enterprise that the scientific review process be fair and rigorous.”
Just throwing it out there….