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Peering into Peer Review

COKI co-lead Professor Cameron Neylon has co-authored a new book, Reading Peer Review: PLOS ONE and Institutional Change in Academia, published by Cambridge University Press.

The book describes the database of peer review reports at the largest scientific journal in the world, PLOS ONE for the first time.

The book presents the background contexts and histories of peer review, the data-handling sensitivities of this type of research, the typical properties of reports in the journal to which the authors had access, a taxonomy of the reports, and their sentiment arcs.

The book yields a compelling range of insights into the evolving state of peer review in the twenty-first century, at a crucial political moment for the transformation of science.

The book is available as Open Access on Cambridge Core.