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PROOF: Model shows Quality of papers is radically degraded if just a few reviewers are motivated by other interest
By: Eric, on 31 Mar 2019


Reviewers don't always have time to do good job. Some are incompetent. Others have an agenda, such as saving the world from climate change, or preventing anti-vaxxers from having more motivation not to vaccinate. However well motivated you may think these agendas are, they conflict with Scientific progress. Others may have agendas I Like not publishing papers that are conflicting with papers they are about to publish, or favoring certain institutions, for altruism, or racism.

The link below presents a computer model showing that even a small fraction of otherwise motivated reviewers leads to a substantial degradation in the quality of published papers.

https://physicsworld.com/a/peer-review-highly-sensitive-to-poor-refereeing-claim-researchers/


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