Remco Heesen & Liam Bright on Peer Review
In this episode, Remco Heesen, Senior Lecturer in Philosophy at the University of Western Australia School of Humanities, and Liam Kofi Bright, Assistant Professor in the Department of Philosophy, Logic, and Scientific Method at the London School of Economics, discuss their article "Is Peer Review a Good Idea?," which is published in the British Journal for the Philosophy of Science. They begin by explaining what peer review is, how it came to be, and what it is supposed to accomplish. They observe that peer review doesn't appear to actually deliver any of its purported benefits, and comes with many costs. They argue that we should eliminate pre-publication peer review, and use other methods of evaluating the quality of scholarship. For more information, see their subsequent article "Jury Theorems for Peer Review," which they co-authored with Marcus Arvan. Bright is on Twitter at @lastpositivist, Heesen is at @RemcoHeesen, and Arvan is at @MarcusArvan.