Monday, February 16, 2009

Missed it by that much

I received an interesting call for papers announcement this morning.

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Only 8% members of the Scientific Research Society agreed that "peer review works well as it is." (Chubin and Hackett, 1990; p.192).

"A recent U.S. Supreme Court decision and an analysis of the peer review system substantiate complaints about this fundamental aspect of scientific research." (Horrobin, 2001).

Horrobin concludes that peer review "is a non-validated charade whose processes generate results little better than does chance." (Horrobin, 2001). This has been statistically proven and reported by an increasing number of journal editors.

Since a growing number of studies conclude that peer review is flawed and ineffective as it is being implemented, why not apply scientific and engineering research and methods to the peer review process?

This is the purpose of the International Symposium on Peer Reviewing: ISPR ( being organized in the context of The 3rd International Conference on Knowledge Generation, Communication and Management: KGCM 2009 (, which will be held on July 10-13, 2009, in Orlando, Florida, USA.

Deadlines for ISPR 2009 and KGCM 2009

March 18th, 2009, for papers/abstracts submissions and Invited Sessions Proposals
April 13th, 2009: Authors Notification
May 27th, 2009: Camera ready, final version

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of course acceptance is based on.... you guessed it!

All Submitted papers will be reviewed using a double-blind (at least three reviewers), non-blind, and participative peer review.

So what's the lesson kids. Do as we talk about doing, not as we actually do. Especially when it applies to talking about what we should be doing.[Yeah it hurt my head writing it, I expect it to hurt yours reading it]


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