Peer Review and Certification
anamaria at GRINNELL.BERKELEY.EDU
Thu Feb 19 11:44:38 CST 1998
On Thu, 19 Feb 1998, Les Watling wrote:
[was] Subject: Re: $pecies names
> ... We have seen lately, however, papers getting rejected because
> of sloppy statistics.
Peer review at work? Or, certification?
> Parenthetically, one might observe that ecological
> papers rarely get rejected because of sloppy taxonomy (does anyone ever
> check the identifications in published ecological papers?).
No peers for this aspect of the reviews? Or, certification failing?
> So, how to enforce the certification business. Well, one way would be to
> get the systematic societies who sponsor journals to refuse to accept papers
> unless one of the authors was certified. This idea would spread because of
> the perception of quality work that would be attached to such papers. In
> other words, peer review isn't enough.
Why isn't peer review enough? What are its specific failings (with
respect to systematics/taxonomic pubs)? How would certification prevent
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