“In recognition of this week, against censorship, and in support of writers and readers, the Guernica Daily will be publishing interviews with authors whose books have been banned or challenged and essays on works of fiction that have been oft removed from schools, libraries and book stores.”
Here’s the thing. Peer review is not perfect. It’s not a panacea. It’s simply the basic level of due diligence. By submitting work for peer review, a scientist has allowed people outside her own team to critique her work. And the journal might require some changes to the paper based on the critique — anything from edits for clarity to requesting that the scientist perform another experiment in a different way. If a paper hasn’t gone through peer review, you should be more skeptical of it. Avoiding peer review means that the researcher decided to show the public her results before allowing those results to be critiqued by independent experts.
But, at the same time, just because something has gone through peer review doesn’t mean it’s been certified to be accurate. It just means that roughly three other experts have looked at the paper before publication. There’s still a lot of room for things to go wrong. Peer review is like the bouncer at the door. The bouncer doesn’t guarantee that every person in the bar would be a good person for you to date. Even if a paper gets through, you still have to think about it critically and evaluate it on its own merits.
Check out this infographic from Online Courses:
Gartner Research estimates that in two years’ time 10–15% of social media reviews will be fake, either written or paid for by people with an interest in the product’s success.
September 1939 – Beginning of World War II
After securing a non-agression pact with the USSR (that secretly allowed for the partition of Poland by the Soviet Union and Germany), Germany invaded Poland without a “Declaration of War” at 4:45 am. on September 1st. Poland fell before the end of the Month. Come learn more about World War II history during Todd Library’s September display. Check out a book or two or even a Video.