Phillip W. Magness

U.S. Economic & Political History

The Dysfunctional Incentives of Academic Peer Review

| November 21, 2017

Academic peer review is a highly dysfunctional process, replete with perverse incentives and maddeningly Kafkaesque outcomes.¬†We chase after peer reviewed outlets nonetheless because they are also the closest thing that academia has to a vetting mechanism for research productivity, and thus promotion. This creates a number of incentives toward increasing the volume of output, including […]