From Opaque to Open-Book

Unpaid and often unrecognized, peer reviewers are the unsung backbone of academia.

But on the 7-year-old website Publons, reviewers are coming out the woodwork, using the platform to publish their reviews and identify their work. This open peer review model ought to become the norm, writes freelance science journalist Dalmeet Singh Chawla.

Opening up the data underlying peer review could help build a fairer system—helping expose gender bias, under-representation of reviewers from developing countries, and rooting out fraudulent peer reviews.

It won’t be an easy transition—but a 2017 standard protocol published in Nature offers a solid starting point.

Undark (opinion)


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