New tool measures thoroughness of peer review reports

Read the full story at Physics Today.

The level of detail of peer review reports is consistent across physical science journals regardless of the publications’ prominence, according to a first-of-its-kind large-scale analysis of reviewer reports in different scientific fields. Previous studies have evaluated the length of peer reviews and the demographics of the referees, but it has been difficult to examine the content of reviews because journals rarely disclose them.

For their June study in PeerJ, Flaminio Squazzoni, a sociologist at the University of Milan, Italy, and his colleagues got access to 1.3 million referee reports submitted between 2018 and 2020 to 740 scholarly journals issued by Dutch publishing giant Elsevier, including 161 physical science titles such as Physics Letters B and the Journal of Computational Physics.

Leave a Reply

Please log in using one of these methods to post your comment:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out /  Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )

Connecting to %s

This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.