The Wheel of Peer Review

Originally published 1/09/11 on Neuroskeptic

Brian’s Note: This was obviously written for those of us who’ve either written or reviewed professional publications. It’s worth mentioning that the author, apparently a British neuro-scientist, has a terrific site with the tag-line, “Do you want the brain or something beautiful?”

In the spirit of the 9 Circles of Scientific Hell, and inspired by the evidence showing that scientific peer reviewers agree only slightly more often than they would by chance, here’s a handy tool for randomly generating your review.

Feel free to print it out and throw darts at it, or maybe make a roulette wheel kind of thing, or perhaps a ouija board. It seems to be in widespread use already, so there must be an easy way to use it.

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