Peer review isn’t always seen in the brightest of lights. However, it is important to remember that it is very important to the quality of things. Peer review does the same thing for science that the “inspected by #4” sticker does for your underwear. It provides assurance that someone who knows what they’re doing has double-checked it. This interesting topic came to us from Nature in their article, “AI peer reviewers unleashed to ease publishing grind.”

In science, the process of peer review begins with a group of scientists completing a study, writing it up, and submitting it to a journal for publication. The journal’s editors send the article to other scientists who work in the same field so they can provide feedback on the article. The authors may then revise their article and resubmit it for consideration.

New peer review by artificial intelligence (AI) is promising to improve the process, boost the quality of published papers, and ultimately save reviewers time. But not everyone is convinced this is a grand idea.

Melody K. Smith

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