The ups and downs of peer review.


Journal Article

This article traces the history of peer review of scientific publications, plotting the development of the process from its inception to its present-day application. We discuss the merits of peer review and its weaknesses, both perceived and real, as well as the practicalities of several major proposed changes to the system. It is our hope that readers will gain a better appreciation of the complexities of the process and, when serving as reviewers themselves, will do so in a manner that will enhance the utility of the exercise. We also propose the development of an international on-line training program for accreditation of potential referees.

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Duke Authors

Cited Authors

  • Benos, DJ; Bashari, E; Chaves, JM; Gaggar, A; Kapoor, N; LaFrance, M; Mans, R; Mayhew, D; McGowan, S; Polter, A; Qadri, Y; Sarfare, S; Schultz, K; Splittgerber, R; Stephenson, J; Tower, C; Walton, RG; Zotov, A

Published Date

  • June 2007

Published In

Volume / Issue

  • 31 / 2

Start / End Page

  • 145 - 152

PubMed ID

  • 17562902

Pubmed Central ID

  • 17562902

Electronic International Standard Serial Number (EISSN)

  • 1522-1229

Digital Object Identifier (DOI)

  • 10.1152/advan.00104.2006


  • eng

Conference Location

  • United States