when scientists get angry
February 3, 2010 2:16 AM Subscribe
"Papers that are scientifically flawed or comprise only modest technical increments often attract undue profile. At the same time publication of truly original findings may be delayed or rejected."
In an open letter
addressed to Senior Editors of peer-review journals, Professor Austin Smith
) and another 13 stem cell researchers from around the world have expressed their concerns
over the current peer review process employed by the journals publishing in the field of stem cell biology.
The review process is a necessary, albeit stressful
(warning: YT link, Downfall meme
) part of every scientist's life. However, with the increasing dependence on high impact factor publications for adequate funding
, many are worried that a "select group of a few reviewers who think of themselves as very important people in the field
" are exerting undue control over what is published in such celebrated journals as Science
The suggested solution?
"...when a paper is published, the reviews, response to reviews and associated editorial correspondence could be provided as Supplementary Information, while preserving anonymity of the referees."
Sir Mark Walport, director of the Wellcome Trust, explains to BBC radio