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|Title: ||Journal peer review as an information retrieval process|
|Authors: ||Bornmann, L.|
|Issue Date: ||2012|
|Citation: ||JOURNAL OF DOCUMENTATION, 68(4), p. 527-535|
|Abstract: ||Purpose: In editorial peer review systems of journals, one does not always accept the best
papers. Due to different human perceptions, the evaluation of papers by peer review (for
a journal) can be different from the impact that a paper has after its publication (measured
by number of citations received) in this or another journal. This system (and
corresponding problems) is similar to the information retrieval process in a documentary
system. Also there one retrieves not always the most relevant documents for a certain
topic. This is so because the topic is described in the command language of the
documentary system and this command does not always completely cover the "real topic"
that one wants to describe.
Design/methodology/approach: Based on this statement we are applying classical
information retrieval evaluation techniques to the evaluation of peer review systems.
Basic in such an information retrieval evaluation are the notions of precision and recall
and the precision-recall-curve. Such notions are introduced here for the evaluation of peer
Findings: The analogues of precision and recall are defined and we construct their curve
based on peer review data from the journal Angewandte Chemie - International Edition
and on citation impact data of accepted papers by this journal or rejected but published
elsewhere papers. We conclude that, due to the imperfect peer review process (based on
human evaluation), if we want to publish a high amount of qualified papers (the ones we
seek), one will also accept several non-qualified papers as well.|
|ISI #: ||000308836300006|
|Type: ||Journal Contribution|
|Validation: ||ecoom, 2013|
|Appears in Collections: ||Informetrics|
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