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S889 - Inquiry into Peer Review


Inquiry into Peer review: IET comments to the House of Commons Science and Technology Committee.


There has to be a quality control system for scientific publishing and peer review should not be abandoned until a better alternative is proven. It is a slow and resource-intensive process and this is worsening. It tends to discriminate against research that is new, novel or unorthodox. It does not always work effectively as the threshold for passing peer review is set too low in some journals. There are a number of measures that could be implemented to strengthen peer review, including recognising more explicitly the hierarchy of journal status.

Submission Details Submitted on 10 March 2011 to House of Commons Science and Technology Committee

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Keywords and Search Terms Publishing, Peer review, Research and development, Quality control, Information dissemination