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American Journal of Bioethics.

Peering into the Future of Peer Review

If you try googling the term “peer review is,” one of the top search results is “broken.” This reflects some of the frustration and even cynicism about the peer review process. Regarding the shortcomings of peer review, one is reminded of the famous quote attributed to Churchill (“democracy is the worst form of government, except for all the others.”) Yet peer review is still regarded as the holy grail of publishing—something that purportedly ensures high quality of new scholarship. In this editorial, we would like to define peer review and analyze the current state of peer review, along with some possible changes and innovations.

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Volume 18, Issue 5
May 2018