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Some scholars in the humanities, tired of the traditional peer review system, are arguing in favor on an online peer review system, in which peers could review their work before it is submitted for publication in a journal, reports the New York Times' Patricia Cohen. The prestigious Shakespeare Quarterly started the trend by announcing it would be posting four essays, not yet accepted for publication, on its website, and inviting commentary for the benefit of the authors.

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