While much literature has sprouted on peer review, this is the first book-length, wide-ranging study that utilizes methods and resources of contemporary philosophy. It covers the tension between peer review and the liberal notion that truth emerges when ideas proliferate in the marketplace of ideas; arguments for and against blind review of submissions; the alleged conservatism of peer review; the anomalous nature of book reviewing; the status of non-peer-reviewed publications; and the future of peer review.
David Shatz is professor of philosophy at Yeshiva University. He has published articles and reviews in the fields of epistemology, free will, philosophy of religion, medical ethics, medieval Jewish philosophy, and contemporary Jewish philosophy.
Chapter 2 Introduction Chapter 3 Peer Review and the Marketplace of Ideas Chapter 4 Bias and Anonymity in the Peer Review Process Chapter 5 Is Peer Review Inherently Conservative? Should It Be? Chapter 6 Peerless Review: The Strange Case of Book Reviews Chapter 7 What Should Count? Chapter 8 Where Do We Go From Here? Peer Review in the Age of the Internet Part 9 Supplementary Essays Chapter 10 Ethics and Manuscript Reviewing Chapter 11 Why Be My Colleague's Keeper? Moral Justifications for Peer Review Chapter 12 Peer Review Practices of Psychological Journals: The Fate of Published Articles, Submitted Again Chapter 15 No Bias, No Merit: The Case Against Blind Submission Chapter 16 Fish on Blind Submission Chapter 17 Reply to Skoblow Chapter 18 Revelation: a Physicist Experiments with Cultural Studies Chapter 23 The Invisible Hand of Peer Review