What do physicists think about the peer review process?

by @abbybeall

The issues raised by the peer review process vary depending on the research subject. I set out to get an idea what the main issues are for physicists with the peer review process. For this, I used Physics Forums. You can find the original discussion here.

I started out by asking general questions about the peer review process.

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But it was also argued that, even without the authors’ names, it can easily be seen who the authors are.

But, it was also argued that negative results do get published. The example given was the Michelson-Morley experiment – a historical physics experiment.

ZapperZ said..

“Actually, negative results DO get published. The Morley-Michelson experiment is one easy example. The latest one is the search for the electron dipole moment, which none was found.

There are many other examples where negative results have been published.

As a referee, I very seldom look at who the authors are until after I’ve read the manuscript the first time and have formed my opinion of it. Only then do I look at the names of the authors.”

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Pythagorean said…

“What’s funny is when you can tell who’s refereeing your papers by their numerous suggestions that you cite theirs.”

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The discussion continues! You can get involved by looking at the forum here

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