Is Groupthink Ruining Peer Review?

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Groupthink could be the crack in the corner stone of science, peer-review, and open access may be a possible solution, suggests one expert.

Groupthink is a psychological phenomenon where more emphasis is placed on consensus than free thought when making a decision. The result is often poor decisions as everyone is so focused on conformity they forget to consider the caveats of their choice. Irving Janis, the father of groupthink theory, outlines that there are eight symptoms of groupthink, which make it more likely for the phenomenon to happen, such as the group is small and defined with unified decision-making powers.


A new peer review model has been suggested by economists from Bristol University

by @abbybeall

The effectiveness of peer review has been investigated in a new paper entitled Modelling the effects of subjective and objective decision making in scientific peer review that was published on 5th December, in Nature.

Researchers from the School of Economics, Finance and Management at the University of Bristol studied the system and presented a new model that improves on the current peer review system. They used a mathematical model to understand the behaviour of scientists when undertaking a review. (more…)