October 2012 Archives

The Journal System and Statistical Publishing

David Banks has some notions about how to evolve the peer review system, specifically for publishing in statistics. Not surprisingly, I agree with him about most things, namely the rise of the Internet as giving rise to many more creative options for outlet.

One of the trickier things to figure out is whether or not article quality would be upheld under a new system. Quoth Banks:

Article quality can be signaled in multiple ways, either by conventional review or by ungameable rating systems, similar to page-ranking algorithms.
Conventional review has its benefits, but I'm not sure we have a good way of instituting this yet. And no system is ungameable, even PageRank (think "miserable failure"), but as long as there's effort put into it by the community, there's hope.