Peer-reviews on the blockchain

Jan, Zeeshan; Third, Allan; Bachler, Michelle and Domingue, John (2018). Peer-reviews on the blockchain. In: RefResh 2018: 1st Workshop on Reframing Research, 5 Dec 2018, Cologne, Germany.


Peer-reviewing holds significant importance in the process of scientific publishing. The process of peer-reviewing has been criticized for its defects, but research communities have faith in it, and hence, it is perceived as the backbone of scientific publishing. The process needs improvements in a number of ways, i.e, establishing trust in the process, preventing abuse, bringing transparency in the process and keeping the integrity of data intact. Moreover, the activity of peer-reviewing is carried out without any formal incentives. We present considerations in refreshing peer-review and our approach to experiment in this space.

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