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Is Peer Review a Good Idea?

Heesen, Remco and Bright, Liam Kofi (2018) Is Peer Review a Good Idea? In: UNSPECIFIED.

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Pre-publication peer review should be abolished. We consider the effects that such a change will have on the social structure of science, paying particular attention to the changed incentive structure and the likely effects on the behavior of individual scientists. We evaluate these changes from the perspective of epistemic consequentialism. We find that where the effects of abolishing pre-publication peer review can be evaluated with a reasonable level of confidence based on presently available evidence, they are either positive or neutral. We conclude that on present evidence abolishing peer review weakly dominates the status quo.


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Item Type: Conference or Workshop Item (UNSPECIFIED)
Creators:
CreatorsEmailORCID
Heesen, Remcoremco.heesen@uwa.edu.au0000-0003-3823-944X
Bright, Liam Kofilbright@andrew.cmu.edu
Keywords: Philosophy of science; Social epistemology; Peer review; Credit economy
Subjects: General Issues > Decision Theory
General Issues > Science and Society
General Issues > Science and Policy
Depositing User: Remco Heesen
Date Deposited: 20 Sep 2018 18:12
Last Modified: 20 Sep 2018 18:12
Item ID: 15040
Subjects: General Issues > Decision Theory
General Issues > Science and Society
General Issues > Science and Policy
Date: 19 September 2018
URI: https://philsci-archive-dev.library.pitt.edu/id/eprint/15040

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