Let's have a free for all. Blog science rulez! Anthony's latest genius who goes by the name of Abzats has just written a general whine that his latest research paper got rejected. Well he didn't actually say that in so many words, but that's what it looks like. His article is about peer review. Here is a snippet:
Another problem that extremely frustrates me as an author are suggestions reviewers make on how I should improve my manuscript.....mixed with a bit of conspiracy theorising that all those reviewers are waiting to snag his idea, and that lazy scientists are doing nothing all day and are keeping him waiting on purpose:
But, no, it has to sit for weeks on somebody’s desk. Somebody who just does not care enough. Or, worse, someone who is interested in delaying the process. The reviewer may be working on exactly the same problem and wants his paper published first....but finally he got to the punch line:
That's it. No more. Full stop. If you were waiting for a brilliant new approach to building scientific knowledge you're out of luck this time around. Still it was enough to draw applause from stan stendera who says:
June 25, 2013 at 12:09 am Wow. I cannot help but agree. Where does WUWT find these geniuses?
Yep, a number of people have been puzzling over that.
PS Abetz - if you don't want peer review and would rather chuck it out than improve the process or replace it with something better, you've just got to find the right journal.
Okay I know a lot of scientists get frustrated with publishing papers. And there are some innovative developments in many sciences, like open lab notebook. But a whine with no suggestion other than "ban peer review"? Dumb as.