Dan Cohen does it again! Here's a NY Times blog post on his new method for online, web-based collective, crowdsourced peer review: http://www.nytimes.com/2010/08/24/arts/24peer.html?partner
Dan is on the HASTAC Steering Committee, leads CenterNet, runs the Center for History and New Media at George Mason, is a co-developer of Zotero, ran Hacking the Academy, lead One Week, One Tool . . . what DOESN'T Dan do? Congratulations to one of our most brilliant, innovative, and courageous leaders!
Scholars Test Web Alternative to Peer Review
Published: August 23, 2010
For professors, publishing in elite journals is an unavoidable part of university life. The grueling process of subjecting work to the up-or-down judgment of credentialed scholarly peers has been a cornerstone of academic culture since at least the mid-20th century.
Now some humanities scholars have begun to challenge the monopoly that peer review has on admission to career-making journals and, as a consequence, to the charmed circle of tenured academe. They argue that in an era of digital media there is a better way to assess the quality of work. Instead of relying on a few experts selected by leading publications, they advocate using the Internet to expose scholarly thinking to the swift collective judgment of a much broader interested audience.