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Activity Number: 556 - The State of Peer-Review and Publication in Statistics and the Sciences
Type: Invited
Date/Time: Wednesday, August 1, 2018 : 2:00 PM to 3:50 PM
Sponsor: ENAR
Abstract #326486
Title: A World Without Referees
Author(s): Larry Wasserman*
Companies: Carnegie Mellon University
Keywords: peer review; refereeing

Our current peer review system is an authoritarian tryanny resembling a priesthood or a guild. Refereeing brings out the worst in people. Jerzy Neyman, one of the founding fathers of modern statistics, said: ``... it is my experience that whenever a generally decent fellow is asked to act as an anonymous referee, he is apt to acquire hateful qualities: presumptuousness, quarrelsomeness, and bossiness.'' Neyman was right. Our peer review system made sense in the 1600's when it was invented. Over 300 years later we are still using the same system. It is time to modernize and democratize our approach to scientific publishing. I will discuss these problems and suggest some remedies.

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