Peer review has consistently been noted as the top concern of scholars and is used to maintain the quality, standard and performance of the publication. However, it is also important to note that there are many challenges which come with peer review as well. From a lack of thorough review to potential scams in academic publishing, peer review is a serious matter which is crucial for determining success in academic publishing. The Scholarly Kitchen brought this interesting topic to our attention in their article, “Guest Post — Has Peer Review Created a Toxic Culture in Academia? Moving from ‘Battering’ to ‘Bettering’ in the Review of Academic Research.”

Peer review can be an opportunity for authors to rethink and refine their arguments. However, peer review of academic articles is not without its numerous faults and it has come under attack on multiple fronts in recent years. These legitimate critiques generally fall short of recommending doing away with peer review altogether in lieu of a preferred alternative.

Melody K. Smith

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