Peer review and bloggers

Quite recently, more researchers are proposing a way to identify serious blog posts on peer-reviewed research. The idea seems to have originated at Cognitive Daily, and there is already a website for the project called BPR3 (Bloggers for Peer-Reviewed Research Reporting). The plan is to aggregate serious commentaries on published research for quick and easy access. I hope this would also cover philosophy papers, and not only cogsci.

But this is just a start to make discussions on peer-reviewed research easier. We need more open access, as current publishers’ policies seem mostly to slow down and discourage any open discussion. For example, one of the leading publishers offers putting a paper online for free access but the authors must pay for it. And the price for the author was USD 2000. That’s what I call a real deal: you give in your work, don’t get paid, and even have to pay for the others to read it. If only the academia rankings weren’t based on ISI lists, this behavior would long have led to extinction of such practices.

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  1. Yes, it will include not just cognitive science, but all academic blogging. There is really no limit to the array of subjects we’ll cover.

    Regarding your question about open access, though it’s not officially part of our mission, we think BPR3 will help the cause of open access by pointing people in the direction of peer-reviewed articles. We think this will naturally generate a lot of interest in open-access.

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