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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

Billions for Antivirals

The US is putting $3.2 billion toward a program to develop antivirals to treat COVID-19 in its early stages, the Wall Street Journal reports.

NFT of the Web

Tim Berners-Lee, who developed the World Wide Web, is auctioning its original source code as a non-fungible token, Reuters reports.

23andMe on the Nasdaq

23andMe's shares rose more than 20 percent following its merger with a special purpose acquisition company, as GenomeWeb has reported.

Science Papers Present GWAS of Brain Structure, System for Controlled Gene Transfer

In Science this week: genome-wide association study ties variants to white matter stricture in the brain, and more.