Is peer review in crisis?

I don’t think so, although it’s not hard to find statements in the literature like these:

“The peer review system is breaking down and will soon be in crisis: increasing numbers of submitted manuscripts mean that demand for reviews is outstripping supply”

“The peer-review system … the foundation on which scientific advance is based, is near to breaking point”

I just completed an overview of the current state of peer review and my impression was vibrant innovation and surprisingly rapid change for an area often described as conservative and slow to change. Read more here: Peer Review in 2010 2011-01-02 (preprint)

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