On the Nature and Role of Peer Review in Mathematics

TitleOn the Nature and Role of Peer Review in Mathematics
Publication TypeJournal Article
Year of Publication2017
AuthorsAndersen, LEdslev
JournalAccountability in Research: Policies & Quality Assurance
Pagination177 - 192
Date Published2017/05//
Publication Languageeng
ISBN Number08989621
KeywordsINTERVIEWING , Mathematical , MATHEMATICIANS , Mathematics , Peer , Periodicals , PROOF , refereeing , validation
AbstractFor the past three decades, peer review practices have received much attention in the literature. But although this literature covers many research fields, only one previous systematic study has been devoted to the practice of peer review in mathematics, namely a study by Geist, Löwe, and Van Kerkhove from 2010. This lack of attention may be due to a view that peer review in mathematics is more reliable, and therefore less interesting as an object of study, than peer review in other fields. In fact, Geist, Löwe, and Van Kerkhove argue that peer review in mathematicsisrelatively reliable. At the same time, peer review in mathematics differs from peer review in most, if not all, other fields in that papers submitted to mathematical journals are usually only reviewed by a single referee. Furthermore, recent empirical studies indicate that the referees do not check the papers line by line. I argue that, in spite of this, mathematical practice in general and refereeing practices in particular are such that the common practice of mathematical journals of using just one referee is justified from the point of view of proof validity assessment. The argument is based on interviews I conducted with seven mathematicians.
NotesAccession Number: 121307266; Andersen, Line Edslev 1; Affiliations: 1: Centre for Science Studies, Department of Mathematics, Aarhus University, Aarhus, Denmark; Issue Info: 2017, Vol. 24 Issue 3, p177; Thesaurus Term: PEER review (Professional performance); Thesaurus Term: MATHEMATICS; Thesaurus Term: MATHEMATICIANS; Thesaurus Term: INTERVIEWING; Subject Term: MATHEMATICAL research; Subject Term: PERIODICALS; Author-Supplied Keyword: Mathematical journals; Author-Supplied Keyword: mathematics; Author-Supplied Keyword: peer review; Author-Supplied Keyword: proof validation; Author-Supplied Keyword: refereeing practices; Author-Supplied Keyword: validation practices; NAICS/Industry Codes: 541710 Research and development in the physical, engineering and life sciences; NAICS/Industry Codes: 541712 Research and Development in the Physical, Engineering, and Life Sciences (except Biotechnology); Number of Pages: 16p; Document Type: Article
Short TitleAccountability in Research: Policies & Quality Assurance