Alternative to Peer Review

Comment Icon0 In an article published by Inside Higher Ed, Steve Kolowich described the current attitude in academia as shifting favorably toward the open access.  The creation of a new open access journal in the health sciences will only use one round of peer review.  Kolowich takes that notion one step further by suggesting that peer review is one of the major barriers to making academic research more accessible.

Comment Icon0 He describes an idea from a doctoral student at the University of Chicago that would rely on a community of users to review scholarly articles instead of a small group of publishers and review committees.  This format would be similar to Wikipedia or Reddit  which use user feedback to catch errors and determine interest.

Comment Icon0 The functionality of such am app would reduce the time it takes for research to be distributed through the academic community.  This distribution is currently a major problem for areas like the health sciences where it can take on average 7 years for new research to make it into practice.  However when the popular journal Nature tried a similar format in 2006, it didn’t receive the desired feedback.

Comment Icon0 While it is likely that open access models will become more popular as journal prices continue to increase.  The model for delivery will need to be one that the academic community can have faith in.  If you would like to participate in circulating your work through open access, please consider adding your articles to the YSU online repository, Digital.Maag :

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Comment Icon0 Max-Planck-Gesellschaft. (27 Jun 2011) Leading research organizations announce top-tier open access journal for biomedical and life sciences. Available from:

Comment Icon0 Kolowich, S. (19 Jul 2011) Killing Peer Review.  Inside Higher Ed. Available from:

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