Peer review, refereeing and their discontents: a failed model or simply the least worst option?


This chapter investigates the role of peer review, and particularly the refereeing of publications in research. We note problems that exist in these processes and raise cautions regarding their unreflective treatment. Some suggestions for improvements are made.

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The previous chapter focussed on the central importance that publication plays in the culture of research, and in the socialisation, status and rewards systems within those cultures. We have touched on the centrality in publication of notions of peer review and particularly the refereeing of published work and of research applications. Its importance ...

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