Should peer reviewers sign their names?
|April 1, 2014||Posted by News under Peer review, News|
Further to “Open Access founder abandons free science; just go back to “name” journals, he says” but this time on a serious note, bioinformatics prof Thomas Mailund offers an ethical dilemma for honest peer reviewer to think about:
For the last two-three years I’ve been signing my reviews. I find that I write better reviews when I’m not anonymous.
It shouldn’t be like that, but it is. I’m less likely to get lazy if I know that people will see who wrote the review.
It creates a dilemma, though: should I discuss manuscripts with authors before they are published? I am likely to run into them at meetings, and it is hard not to talk about the manuscripts there. If it is authors I’m frequently discussing with online the dilemma is there as well. More.
Hat tip: Pos-Darwinista
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