Electronic Peer Review

Keith Robison robison at mito.harvard.edu
Fri Oct 27 12:59:59 EST 1995

Alexander Berezin (berezin at MCMAIL.CIS.MCMASTER.CA) wrote:

: See comments below - Alex Berezin

: On Wed, 25 Oct 1995, Jeffrey H. Boatright wrote:

: > http://www.emory.edu/MOLECULAR_VISION/index.html
: > 
: > Molecular Vision is a peer-reviewed Web journal dedicated to the
: > dissemination of research results in molecular and cell biology and
: > genetics of the visual system (ocular and cortical). We accept regular
: > research articles, short reports, technical briefs (which need not involve
: > vision science), and invited reviews.
: > 
: > As with print journals, submissions to Molecular Vision are vigorously
: > reviewed. Molecular Vision is NOT a preprint journal. Except for review
: > articles, manuscripts should present original, unpublished material not
: > being considered for publication elsewhere.
: > 
: > Please visit the journal. Feel free to make suggestions.
: > 
: > Jeffrey H. Boatright
: > John M. Nickerson
: > Robert L. Church
: > Editors-in-Chief, Molecular Vision
: > http://www.emory.edu/MOLECULAR_VISION/index.html
: > 

: I suggest that the above idea of "viogrous peer review"
: is quite detrimental. All you have to do is to check for
: general relevance and post all submissions. The following
: short article gives more explanations.

: Alexander A. Berezin, 
: Department of Engineering Physics, McMaster 
: University, Canada

You should consider putting this view into practice.
Since the Internet makes electronic publishing relatively cheap,
you could set up such a journal and test whether it would
indeed maintain scientific excellence without peer review
(or, with a modified system -- such as reviewers making 
comments / criticisms but not having the power to reject
an article).

Keith Robison
Harvard University
Department of Cellular and Developmental Biology
Department of Genetics / HHMI

robison at mito.harvard.edu 

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