Cohen, P. (2010) Scholars test web alternative to peer review New York Times, August 23
Interesting article about the Shakespeare Quarterly‘s experiment in open peer reviewing.
‘The journal posted online four essays not yet accepted for publication, and a core group of experts….were invited to post their signed comments on the Web site MediaCommons, a scholarly digital network. Others could add their thoughts as well, after registering with their own names. In the end 41 people made more than 350 comments, many of which elicited responses from the authors. The revised essays were then reviewed by the quarterly’s editors, who made the final decision to include them in the printed journal, due out Sept. 17.’
The article provides an excellent overview of the pros and cons of online peer review.