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Is It Really?

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. "That seems like a lot of money, but when one amortizes it across the total number of working scientists … using today's exchange rate, it works out to around $256 per researcher per year." While the blogger notes that some researchers take on more papers to review and that participation can vary by discipline, among other factors, he essentially argues that "having your most important information source vetted by experts" is worth $256 annually. To counter the argument that "researchers are buried in a constant avalanche of papers," Crotty says, "Imagine the size of that avalanche in a system where no paper is ever rejected, where everything gets published."

The Scan

Rise of BA.5

The New York Times reports that the Omicron subvariant BA.5 has become the dominant version of SARS-CoV-2 in the US.

UK Health Secretary Resigns

Sajid Javid, the UK health secretary, resigned along with Chancellor Rishi Sunak, saying they cannot work with Prime Minister Boris Johnson's government, CNN reports.

Clones From Freeze-Dried Cells

A team in Japan has cloned mice from freeze-dried skin cells, according to the Guardian.

Genome Research Papers on Craniosynostosis, Macaque Retrotransposition, More

In Genome Research this week: structural variants in craniosynostosis, LINE-1 activity in rhesus macaque brain, and more.