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    Before the law: open access, quality control and the future of peer review

    Eve, Martin Paul (2013) Before the law: open access, quality control and the future of peer review. In: Vincent, N. and Wickham, C. (eds.) Debating Open Access. London, UK: British Academy, pp. 68-81.

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    Abstract

    — OA is not about abandoning peer review but it does provide the opportunity to rethink its role and our methods. —67% of existing OA journals do not charge APCs and yet academics have tended to steer clear of them. — People opt for recognised outlets because of the (erroneously) perceived emphasis on publication venue by accreditation structures such as RAE/REF/tenure. — In the print world peer review was historically linked to page limits; these do not apply in the electronic realm. — Double blind review is a misnomer and even then preserved anonymity can be problematic. — The alternative is to publish everything that meets a certain threshold of academic soundness and to let readers decide what should last; in effect a kind of post-publication, or peer-to-peer, review. — This modification of peer review could lead to more collaboration and less insistence on an individual finished product.

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    Item Type: Book Section
    School: Birkbeck Schools and Departments > School of Arts > English and Humanities
    Research Centre: Contemporary Literature, Centre for
    Depositing User: Martin Paul Eve
    Date Deposited: 08 Oct 2015 11:59
    Last Modified: 07 Dec 2016 15:37
    URI: http://eprints.bbk.ac.uk/id/eprint/12215

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