The evolution and critical role of peer review in academic publishing

Did you know that the number of peer-reviewed journals has steadily grown by 3.5% per year for over the past three centuries?1 In fact, a rigorous peer review process is considered to be an indication of a journal’s quality, and most journals rely on peer review to ensure that only the best research gets accepted for publication. This often results in journals having high rejection rates, for example, as high as 90% in the case of many Wiley journals.2 Peer review is considered the pillar that upholds the credibility and integrity of the scientific record. However, in its…

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