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Quality and Peer Review of Research: An Adjudicating Role for Editors

Newton, D.P.

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Peer review gives research a stamp of approval, but the reviews themselves can be flawed. This is potentially serious for the writer, the journal, and journal user. This study describes shortcomings of the peer review process and condenses them into an explanatory framework involving situational, personal, social, and ethical factors. Some proposals to improve matters are impractical and may make them worse. Some data is offered which illustrates the problem and suggests a potential solution. Informed editors who avoid mechanical approaches engage cautiously and critically with reviews and guard against bias, even in themselves, could make a significant difference.

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Newton, D. (2010). Quality and Peer Review of Research: An Adjudicating Role for Editors. Accountability in Research: Policies and Quality Assurance, 17(3), 130-145. https://doi.org/10.1080/08989621003791945

Journal Article Type Article
Publication Date May 1, 2010
Deposit Date May 13, 2010
Publicly Available Date Mar 1, 2012
Journal Accountability in Research
Print ISSN 0898-9621
Electronic ISSN 1545-5815
Publisher Taylor and Francis Group
Peer Reviewed Peer Reviewed
Volume 17
Issue 3
Pages 130-145
DOI https://doi.org/10.1080/08989621003791945
Keywords Editor engagement, Peer review shortcomings.

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