Measuring the effectiveness of scientific gatekeeping

This 2014 study found that unconventional and groundbreaking research was routinely rejected by medical journals:

“Our research suggests that evaluative strategies that increase the mean quality of published science may also increase the risk of rejecting unconventional or outstanding work.”

This study was also an indication of the degree to which peer reviewers didn’t try to advance science, in my opinion.

http://www.pnas.org/content/112/2/360.full “Measuring the effectiveness of scientific gatekeeping”

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