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    scoreless peer review

    tags: peer review
    September 19th, 2023
    Stuart Schechter’s How You Can Help Fix Peer Review on Sep 19, 2023

    When we scrutinize our students’ and colleagues’ research work to catch errors, offer clarifications, and suggest other ways to improve their work, we are informally conducting author-assistive peer review. Author-assistive review is almost always a * scoreless*, as scores serve no purpose even for work being prepared for publication review.

    Alas, the social norm of offering author-assistive review only to those close to us, and reviewing most everyone else’s work through publication review, exacerbates the disadvantages faced by underrepresented groups and other outsiders.

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    We can address those unintended harms by making ourselves at least as available for scoreless author-assistive peer review as we are for publication review.7