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Peer Review Problems

The most common problem that two-thirds of scientists have with the peer review process is reviewer incompetence, says the Chronicle of Higher Education. A recent survey asked environmental researchers at NIH about unethical behavior they encountered during the peer review process. The study was non-random (the authors call it "exploratory"), yet highlights some grievances with the process.

At Science in the Open, Cameron Neylon says, "To me, anonymous peer review is, and always has been, broken." He goes on to look at peer review experiments, especially at PLoS One for its "range of commenting features." He adds, "I believe strongly that we need to develop better mechanisms for handling peer review and that it will be a very difficult process getting there."

 

The Scan

Vaccine Update Recommended

A US Food and Drug Administration panel recommends booster vaccines be updated to target Omicron, CNBC reports.

US to Make More Vaccines for Monkeypox Available

The US is to make nearly 300,000 vaccine doses available in the coming weeks to stem the spread of human monkeypox virus, according to NPR.

Sentence Appealed

The Associated Press reports that Swedish prosecutors are appealing the sentence given to a surgeon once lauded for transplanting synthetic tracheas but then convicted of causing bodily harm.

Genome Biology Papers on COVID-19 Effector Genes, Virtual ChIP-seq, scDART

In Genome Biology this week: proposed COVID-19 effector genes, method to predict transcription factor binding patterns, and more.