Beta Testing Peer Reviewed Journal Articles - Reducing The Often Two Year Lag in Getting New Knowledge To Where It's Useful
The solution here is to un-tether the peer review process from the archaic machinery of the old-wold publication houses, and unleash the power of the internet to beta test research articles in real time. That is, by publishing your work as it unfolds, you expose your work to a larger audience (of peers and non-peers as well), and get instantaneous feedback that may lead to an overall improved effort, and hopefully better knowledge.
- The lag time for new knowledge to penetrate to the population is about two years average, and more most of the time
- Gate keeping by the journal review process limits the amount of new and inventive research available to the public
- The existing tenure rules and publication requirements make information and knowledge isomorphic (in other words, you get only fractional improvements in what we know rather than frame-breaking solutions being invented all the time)
- The publication industry is highly dependent upon an all volunteer corps of expert reviewers and a steady stream of authors willing to subjugate themselves to the process
- widening the circle of involvement is a big challenge