The UK Parliament's Commons Select Committee announces the launch of its "inquiry into peer review," in which it aims to assess the "effectiveness of the … process used to examine and validate scientific results and papers prior to publication." As part of its investigation, the committee is encouraging public input on all aspects of the peer-review process, including submissions that highlight "the strengths and weaknesses of peer review as a quality control mechanism for scientists, publishers and the public," and possible alternatives to strengthen the system. The submission deadline is March 10. Blogger Frank at Trading Knowledge says that while many people seems to "worry that attempting a change will wreak havoc on the whole academic enterprise and research careers [and] damage the commercial concerns of journal publishers," it's not yet apparent whether there are any systemic problems with peer review, and if there are, whether a "workable alternative" to the system exists. "I hope the Select Committee inquiry will help to move us closer to finding answers to those questions," he says.
Parliament Pores Over Peer Review
Jan 29, 2011