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Guardians of Science: Fairness and Reliability of Peer Review

Guardians of Science: Fairness and Reliability of Peer Review

Hans-Dieter Daniel

ISBN: 978-3-527-60220-9 July 2004 320 Pages

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Ever got a paper rejected?
And have you wondered whether the mysterious process behind the editor's decision was fair and reliable?
For many years, renowned scientific journals have resorted to peer review as the best available means of separating the wheat from the chaff in science publishing. But is peer review really fair, reliable and unbiased? And does it prevent fraud in science, or hinder innovative research?
In this book H.-D. Daniel presents a detailed investigation into the peer review system of Angewandte Chemie, one of the world's leading chemistry journals.
In particular, his analysis focuses on the
* content and level of agreement of referee reports
* fate and impact of papers rejected by Angewandte Chemie and published elsewhere
* level of bias involved in editorial and reviewers' decisions and based on incidental aspects, such as nationality, academic title and subject area of a paper's author(s).
Scientists - who must publish (or perish) -, editors and all non- specialists interested in the controversial issue of quality control in science will be fascinated by this case study.
From the Contents:
Peer Review as an Instrument for the Self-Regulation of Science/ Peer Review as a Target
for Criticism/
The Journal Angewandte Chemie/ Communications Received during the Year
1984/
The Reviews/
Fairness in Manuscript Evaluation/
The Validity of Manuscript Review/
Suggestions for Reform of the Peer-Review Process