Integrity Thursdays

Journal peer review: fostering integrity or triggering evil?

Group portrait of the Piltdown skull being examined. Painting by John Cooke (1915) Source: Wikimedia
Group portrait of the Piltdown skull being examined. Painting by John Cooke (1915) Source: Wikimedia

Is journal peer review the solution to current challenges in academia? Or does it create more problems than it solves? On 3 December, Serge Horbach leads a workshop that engages with these questions.

Peer review

Traditionally, peer review is considered as one of the hallmarks of good science. It maintains academic standards, it is science’s most prominent form of self-regulation, and it improves the quality of manuscripts. Fueled by grave scandals of misconduct and hoaxes, revealing that even bogus science slips through peer review at alarming rates, the peer review system has come under pressure. In this workshop we will explore how peer review has developed into its current form, what problems it aims to address and what issues it might create. We will end with a discussion of potential innovative ways to organise the system and mitigate some of its current challenges.

Serge Horbach

Serge Horbach. Foto: Merlijn Doomernik
Serge Horbach. Photo: Merlijn Doomernik

Serge Horbach is a Postdoctoral Researcher at Aarhus University (Denmark). His work focusses on research integrity, research quality and academic peer review, studying how systemic and institutional aspects of science facilitate or hinder responsible research.

Integrity Thursdays

Integrity Thursdays are meant to stimulate the debate on integrity issues in a creative manner, among students and researchers as well as other interested people. The thursdays are organised by the Descartes Centre, the Ethics Institute and the Freudenthal Institute.

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