November 4, 2013

Thoughts on the peer review process

Each time I see a call for papers with the list of people in the Program Committee  see, I wonder -- "All animals are equal, but some animals are more equal than others".

In the spirit of peer review, is there any conference/journal/workshop  where the ones submitting paper are made (forced) to review at least one paper? For starters, one of the authors of a paper submitted must volunteer to review at least one paper.

Will such a system work, given that the ones that have submitted the paper have a vested interest to reject papers? If we have to model this system, how do we go about it? Is the hawk-dove game a right approach?

Will the knowledge of this vested interest change the way members of the PC  review the paper?

Has such a system ever tried?

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