Open evaluation of scientific papers

drownScientific publishing should be based on open access, and open evaluation. While open access is on its way, open evaluation (OE) is still controversial and only slowly seeping into the the system. Kriegeskorte, Walther, and Deca have edited a whole issue on Frontiers in Computational Neuroscience devoted to this topic, with some very scholarly and thoughtful discussions on the pros and cons of OE. I highly recommend the editorial (An emerging consensus for open evaluation), which tries to synthesize the arguments into ’18 visions’. The beauty of their blueprint for the future of scientific publication (which was already published a year ago) is that it is possible to start with the current system and slowly evolve it into a full blown OE system, while checking on the way whether the different measures ¬†deliver their promises.

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