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Peer review is a process in which experts in a specific field evaluate the work of their peers for quality and relevance. It is commonly used in academic and scientific research to ensure that published works meet certain standards and contribute to the overall body of knowledge in a given field.

Criticims of peer review

  • The replication crisis
  • It doesn't work, when papers are deliberately submitted with major flaws (eg the paper claims to be an RCT but isn't), peer review only picks up about 20-30%[1][2] [3]
    • Likewise I cannot recall hearing peer review discover a scientist was fraudulent, but often papers are retracted later
  • Science doesn't proceed at the rate of our worst work, it proceeds at the rate of our best work - peer review, which cuts out many bad papers, therefore has the wrong incentives[4]

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