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Is Peer Review a Good Idea?

Heesen, Remco and Bright, Liam Kofi (2020) Is Peer Review a Good Idea? The British Journal for the Philosophy of Science. ISSN 1464-3537

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Abstract

Prepublication 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 prepublication 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: Published Article or Volume
Creators:
CreatorsEmailORCID
Heesen, Remcor.heesen@lse.ac.uk0000-0003-3823-944X
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
General Issues > Social Epistemology of Science
Depositing User: Remco Heesen
Date Deposited: 28 May 2020 02:55
Last Modified: 09 Aug 2023 14:11
Item ID: 17245
Journal or Publication Title: The British Journal for the Philosophy of Science
Publisher: Oxford University Press
Official URL: https://doi.org/10.1093/bjps/axz029
DOI or Unique Handle: https://doi.org/10.1093/bjps/axz029
Subjects: General Issues > Decision Theory
General Issues > Science and Society
General Issues > Science and Policy
General Issues > Social Epistemology of Science
Date: 16 May 2020
ISSN: 1464-3537
URI: https://philsci-archive-dev.library.pitt.edu/id/eprint/17245

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