Is peer review in academic publishing still working?

Liz JACKSON, Michael A. PETERS, Leon BENADE, Nesta DEVINE, Sonja ARNDT, Daniella FORSTER, Andrew GIBBONS, Elizabeth GRIERSON, Petar JANDRIĆ, George LAZAROIU, Kirsten LOCKE, Ramona MIHAILA, Georgina STEWART, Marek TESAR

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Peer review is central to academic publishing. Yet for many it is a mysterious and contentious practice, which can cause distress for both reviewers, and those whose work is reviewed. This paper, produced by the Editors’ Collective, examines the past and future of peer review in academic publishing. The first sections consider how peer review has been defined and practised in changing academic contexts, and its educational significance in the development of scholarship. The paper then explores major historical and contemporary issues around identity, diversity, anonymity, and the review process, and the related power of editors versus reviewers in academic publishing. Finally, the paper discusses the case of new scholars as reviewers engaging in neoliberal labour, before concluding with some brief recommendations based on our analysis. Copyright © 2018 The Author(s). Published by Informa UK Limited, trading as Taylor & Francis Group.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)95-112
JournalOpen Review of Educational Research
Issue number1
Early online date31 May 2018
Publication statusPublished - 2018


Jackson, L., Peters, M. A., Benade, L., Devine, N., Arndt, S., Forster, D., . . . Tesar, M. (2018). Is peer review in academic publishing still working? Open Review of Educational Research, 5(1), 95-112. doi: 10.1080/23265507.2018.1479139


  • Peer review
  • Academic publishing
  • Scholarship
  • Neoliberalism
  • Higher education


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