Open the review process to improve quality of science publications

The traditional model of blind peer review of scientific publications is flawed. Many scientists have experienced the failure to publish articles due to blantantly antagonistic reviewers. Although it is the editor’s responsibility to ensure that the review process is independent of personality and the dynamics of academic politics, no editor can be of sufficient expertise to identify every case of reviewer fraud. Fraudulent reviews sabotage the publication of the manuscript by bold statements such as “this study is simply a repetition of previous work” without citing details, or the research is not of “broad enough interest”. The reasons for fraudulent reviews are unjustifiable. The only way to expose and eliminate fraud in the review process is to identify reviewers and to publish the entire review process online along side the scientific article. With the authors permission, even rejected manuscripts should be accessible on the internet along with reviews that resulted in rejection.

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