Editorial: The Ethics Of Peer Review


peer review
taxonomic manuscripts
botanical manuscripts

How to Cite

Higgins, W. E. (2003). Editorial: The Ethics Of Peer Review. Selbyana, 24(1), 112. Retrieved from https://ojs.test.flvc.org/selbyana/article/view/121595


Peer review- that valuable tool for scientific authors and journal editors- is being abused in the field of plant taxonomy. Botanical manuscripts benefit from peer review for style and clarity, including organization, presentation, and compliance with the International code of Botanic Nomenclature. Plant taxonomy, however, is a competitive field, where the first to publish gets to name a new species or rename a known one. For this reason, peer review of taxonomic manuscripts can do a disservice to editors and authors. The following case studies show how the system can fail. 


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