The quality of peer reviewed articles that will be delivered by the paid reviewer will improve as opposed to the quality of work produced when he is not adequately compensated.
The idea of a Freelance Peer Review of Scholarly Journals by monetary compensation, however, has been a subject of discussion for quite some time but it has actually never been tried. The peer review of scholarly works has been a long standing profession among experts belonging in the same field of academia who often come together as a group or individually, to verify and validate the information contained in an author’s academic writing or scholarly journal before it is published in a journal or as a book.
It is considered a dignifying endeavor amongst professionals in the same field of academia who see it as a means of giving back to their profession. It is also regarded as a “hallmark of quality” by stakeholders who place high value and unwavering trust in the contents of the scholarly journals that have been peer reviewed and the body in charge of reviewing all submission for errors before it is published.
Peer reviews of scholarly works are traditionally done anonymously and for free, although there have been growing instances of open peer reviews where the comments and identities of peer reviewers are openly disclosed to the readers. There is also the proposition by the anonymous reviewers that a price is attached to the peer review process. The peer reviewers are not given any formal recognition and as a result, there’s the tendency of the peer reviewed articles they produce to be tainted by some discrepancies or abuse.
Usually, the peer review process involves experts in the same field who are consulted by editors to give a review of the scholarly works produced by a colleague of theirs from an unbiased and impartial point of view, and this is usually done free of charge. The tradition of peer reviews being done for free has however brought many pitfalls which are also indicative of why most peer reviewers decline many invitations to review.
A study conducted 28 semi-structured telephone interviews with reviewers from four biomedical journals owned by the BMJ Publishing Group to determine the range of reasons why reviewers decline requests to review and what rewards might encourage reviewers (Table 1). The 258 reviewers reported that they had declined a request to review. The most highly rated factor important in the decision to decline to review was a conflict with other workloads (76 %). Having too many reviews for other journals (29 %) and a tight deadline for completing the review (30 %) were also important in the decision to decline (Tite and Schroter, 2007).
Peer reviewers who want to make payment a matter of principle are easily ignored because there are more new reviewers in line who are waiting to instantly substitute them and work for the personal fulfillment or the perceived privilege of the role rather than pushing for monetary compensation.
However, the advent of the open access publishers who hope to make research freely available to everybody has made the cost of peer review very important. Paid peer review cannot be denied and with some of the current publishing models being adopted today, authors will have to pay for the peer review and the cost of publishing the peer reviewed article on a website. Journal readers are also beginning to show a willingness to support fair payment to peer reviewers for their professional work.
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Because of the substantial “opportunity cost” involved, the time spent in reviewing could be utilized for more productive work. A paid freelance peer reviewer is very necessary for this kind of situation, he would shoulder the responsibility of assessing and evaluating the academic writing or scholarly journal without harboring the temptation to commit any of the aforementioned abusive factors because he is being well compensated.
The quality of peer reviewed articles that will be delivered by the paid reviewer will improve as opposed to the quality of work produced when he is not adequately compensated. When reviewers are getting incentives for their hard work, there will be less room for errors, more concise, productive and honest reviews, reduction in inconsistencies common among peer reviewers and it will strengthen efforts at making the reviewed scholarly articles freely available to the public.
The benefits for editors when peer reviewers are getting paid are enormous. The reviewers become more focused on their work because there will be competition amongst them. Also, because their reputation is at stake, they will put more effort into producing a well-reviewed academic writing that is free from bias and abuse. Editors will be able to generate real value from the peer reviewed article and gain the necessary recognition and promotion that they deserve for their hard work. Join your peers visit and register at PeerViewer.Com.