Is Peer Review without question?

A great little article below about the questionability of ‘peer reviewed’ science publications and the bias accredited to favoured people.


Had an interesting discussion with a client earlier today about the claim of scientists in Japan that they developed a fibre optic cable that can move data at the rate of 319 Terabytes – about 7.6 million times faster than current cables or 80,000 movies able to be downloaded in a second. He asked if that development was on the deployment near-horizon and how accurate that claim was, as he was interested in possibly using these high speeds for their company needs and a future project.

Interesting only confirmation of that claim, was the Japanese Govt agency stating that it was done. Nothing that has been truly peer-reviewed that he could find to validate the claims, bar what their Govt confirmed

Therein lies the danger of thinking that you can rely on ‘peer-reviewed’ data if there has been bias involved. Most of the time you can do so and know it’s been impartially reviewed, but remember that you also need to critically think about the source and who did the review.

If it’s published on a Monday and your ‘peers’ signed off the following day (especially if it’s their employer or Govt spin doctors) – well, take that with a grain of salt and dig deeper to properly reference and validate.

It’s the old maxim – Science is great when you validate.

Explainer: what is peer review?
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