How important tasks are performed: peer review

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School of Science | A1 Alkuperäisartikkeli tieteellisessä aikakauslehdessä
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2013
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Language
en
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1679/1-5
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Scientific Reports, Volume 3
Abstract
The advancement of various fields of science depends on the actions of individual scientists via the peer review process. The referees' work patterns and stochastic nature of decision making both relate to the particular features of refereeing and to the universal aspects of human behavior. Here, we show that the time a referee takes to write a report on a scientific manuscript depends on the final verdict. The data is compared to a model, where the review takes place in an ongoing competition of completing an important composite task with a large number of concurrent ones - a Deadline -effect. In peer review human decision making and task completion combine both long-range predictability and stochastic variation due to a large degree of ever-changing external “friction”.
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advancement of science, scientific manuscripts, peer review process
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Hartonen, T. & Alava, Mikko J. 2013. How important tasks are performed: peer review. Scientific Reports. Volume 3. 1679/1-5. ISSN 2045-2322 (printed). DOI: 10.1038/srep01679.