On the poverty of peer review

This pull quote:

“Scientists understand that peer review per se provides only a minimal assurance of quality, and that the public conception of peer review as a stamp of authentication is far from the truth.”

appears in this article about John Ioannidis but originally comes from this article in Nature.



There’s a shortage of natural resources; there’s a shortage of breathable air; there’s even a shortage of adequate claret. But there is no shortage of historians. We grind you out like link sausages. It’s called progress. Manufacturing doctorates is called progress. Well, I say, “Let us hush this cry of progress until ten thousand years have passed.”

—Professor Biesenthal, Marathon Man.