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At The Scholarly Kitchen, David Crotty is not so sure whether peer review really is a "burden." In fact, the blogger argues that the costs of reviewing papers, when weighed against the benefits, are not overbearing. "A recent study suggests that 'unpaid non-cash costs of peer review' undertaken by academics works out to £1.9 billion," Crotty writes.

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