Vol. 4 No. 1 (2020)

Peer Review - Critical Feedback or Necessary Evil?

Seth C Rasmussen
Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry, North Dakota State University, Fargo, ND 58108 USA

Published 2020-01-13

How to Cite

Rasmussen, S. C. . (2020). Peer Review - Critical Feedback or Necessary Evil?. Substantia, 4(1), 5–6. https://doi.org/10.13128/Substantia-816


Anyone who has participated in scientific publishing, either as author or editor, has dealt with the process of peer review. Of course, individual opinions on peer review vary, with viewpoints ranging from it being an important part of ensuring the quality and reliability of scientific publications, to thoughts that the process as a whole is completely broken. Unfortunately, it also seems that authors often look at peer review as being a painful exercise forced upon them by journals, while those serving as reviewers too often see it as something expected of them, but not important enough to spend considerable effort performing.