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Computer simulations of scientific peer reviewing

Hallé Sylvain. (2021). Computer simulations of scientific peer reviewing. IEEE Access, 9, p. 111595-111607.

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URL officielle: http://dx.doi.org/doi:10.1109/ACCESS.2021.3103837

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A simple mathematical model of the scientific peer reviewing process is developed. Papers and reviewers are modeled as numerical vectors, respectively representing the paper's value among multiple quality dimensions, and the importance given to these dimensions by a given reviewer. Computer simulations show that the model can reproduce various characteristics of a real-world paper decision process, and in particular its propensity to act as an ``arbitrary'' decision procedure for a range of submissions. A key finding of this study is that the appearance of randomness can be explained by a mismatch between high quality dimensions of a paper, and those valued by the reviewers it is assigned to. As a consequence, a program committee may exhibit arbitrariness even with a set of completely reliable reviewers. Various factors contributing to this arbitrariness are then examined, and alternate selection models are studied that could help reduce arbitrariness and reviewer effort.

Type de document:Article publié dans une revue avec comité d'évaluation
ISSN:2169-3536
Volume:9
Pages:p. 111595-111607
Version évaluée par les pairs:Oui
Date:2021
Identifiant unique:10.1109/ACCESS.2021.3103837
Sujets:Sciences naturelles et génie > Sciences mathématiques > Informatique
Département, module, service et unité de recherche:Départements et modules > Département d'informatique et de mathématique
Mots-clés:computer simulation, peer reviewing
Déposé le:27 oct. 2021 21:36
Dernière modification:27 oct. 2021 21:36
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