|We were always joking that we should start a new journal that would accept everything and use post publication peer review. To give it enough gravitas to compete with Nature and Science we decided to call it Truth. In the picture (on the right) - a long time supporter of Truth - +Jonathan Smallwood .|
Peer review before the intertubes
- The acceptance of a paper depends to a great extent on luck. Depending who are your reviewers your work will be assessed differently. It is not unheard of that papers get rejected due to reviewers working under tight deadline and outside of their strict expertise. This of course can work both ways (poor papers being accepted, good papers being rejected).
- The content of reviews is not available publicly.
- After publication there is no easy way to voice your opinion about the the quality of a paper or potential problems with the described science.
- In most cases reviewers remain anonymous and get no credit for doing the reviews.