Volume 86 Issue 6 | pp. 48-49
Issue Date: February 11, 2008

Is Peer Review Honest?

Although hard evidence of reviewer impropriety is scarce, suspicions plague junior faculty
Department: Science & Technology

AN ASSISTANT PROFESSOR at a state university submitted a paper to a well-known chemistry journal. The paper quickly received two positive reviews, then a very tardy negative review. After a revision, the submission again languished in the hands of the negative reviewer.

That reviewer, the professor suspects, was a senior colleague who was doing experiments similar to those chronicled in the paper. The professor had requested samples from the colleague to further the work but . . .

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