Why “Pick-Your-Own” Peer Review Is A Bad Idea

Retraction Watch reports on an initiative by the microbiology journal mSphere. Under the new system, the editors no longer take responsibility for inviting peer reviewers to evaluate each manuscript. Instead, the would-be authors are expected to find two reviewers themselves, and to submit the reviews along with their paper.

mSphere call this approach ‘author-initiated peer review’, but I like to think of it as the “Pick-Your-Own” system.

The new system, we’re told, will make for a fas

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