Paper out: how innovations in peer review remain niche.

Scholarly journal review procedures are full of innovation, yet also relatively conservative: with the exception of plagiarism scanners, fiercely advocated experimentsĀ in peer review remain limited to niches in the scientific publication system.

Our paper in Minerva:

Horbach, S. P. J. M., & Halffman, W. (2019). Journal Peer Review and Editorial Evaluation: Cautious Innovator or Sleepy Giant? Minerva. doi: 10.1007/s11024-019-09388-z


Clarifying Opaque Peer Review


Research journals often fail to explain their precise editorial policies, including their terms for peer review. Do they use open or blind review? Will articles be subjected to statistics scanners? Will reviewers be selected from a pool, or the open scientific community? Check their webpages and try to find out what precisely will happen with your paper after submission and discover how hard it is.

Hence twenty-two editors, researchers, and publishing professionals have just launched the Declaration on Transparent Editorial policies for Academic Journals. Will you sign it too?


Paper out: peer review & retractions


Which peer review procedures are related to more retractions? Causal connections are hard to make, as retractions are both a sign of trouble and a sign that journals are taking action to address trouble. Nevertheless, it is remarkable that some peer review procedures, such as double blind review, seem to involve fewer retractions, even after correction for research field.

Horbach, S. P. J. M., & Halffman, W. (2018). The ability of different peer review forms to flag problematic publications. Scientometrics, doi:10.1007/s11192-018-2969-2. (online 29 November 2018)

There is a short interview about it on Retraction Watch.


The international responses to the Academic Manifesto, with experiences from 14 countries about how to resist the productivist university, was translated into Spanish. It’s really exciting to see how stories about resistance are shared all over the world, and not just the globalised management-speak of The Wolf.

Halffman, W., & Radder, H. (eds.) (2017), International Responses to the Academic Manifesto: Reports from 14 Countries, Social Epistemology Review and Reply Collective, p. 1-77.(online 13 July 2017).,
Translated into Spanishby Eva Aladro Vico, Respuestas internacionales al manifiesto acadĆ©mico: informes desde 14 paĆ­ses, to appear in: CIC Cuadernos de InformaciĆ³n y ComunicaciĆ³n, 2018 vol. 23, 25-103.