The invisible hand of peer review

Harnad, Stevan (2000) The invisible hand of peer review Exploit Interactive, 5


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The refereed journal literature needs to be freed from both paper and its costs, but not from peer review, whose "invisible hand" is what maintains its quality. The residual cost of online-only peer review is low enough to be recovered from author-institution-end page charges, covered from institutional subscription savings, thereby vouchsafing a toll-free refereed research literature for everyone, everywhere, forever.

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Additional Information: Earlier Shorter version: Harnad, S. (1998) The invisible hand of peer review. Nature [online] (c. 5 Nov. 1998) Longer version: Harnad, S. (2000) The Invisible Hand of Peer Review, Exploit Interactive, issue 5, April 2000 <>:
Organisations: Web & Internet Science
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May 2000Published
Date Deposited: 19 Jun 2001
Last Modified: 17 Apr 2017 23:28
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