Science and Engineering Ethics

, Volume 7, Issue 2, pp 193–204 | Cite as

‘Peer review’ culture

  • Malcolm Atkinson


A relatively high incidence of unsatisfactory review decisions is widely recognised and acknowledged as ‘the peer review problem’. Factors contributing to this problem are identified and examined. Specific examples of unreasonable rejection are considered. It is concluded that weaknesses of the ‘peer review’ system are significant and that they are well known or readily recognisable but that necessary counter-measures are not always enforced. Careful management is necessary to discount hollow opinion or error in review comment. Review and referee functions should be quite separate.


judgement opinion testing peer status referee function review management statistics 


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  1. 1.JamberooAustralia

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