I have just spoken with someone with a current “below competence” rating about becoming Peer Reviewer (having been personally canvassed by the LSC both before, and now despite, this finding). The conversation veered into controversial territory around the question – does becoming a reviewer represent “collaboration” with the enemy?
At one time, as a professional contrarian, I took a similar stance on membership of Cost Committees. I have subsequently revised this view and have not carried it forward into my assessment of PR. My caller, perhaps understandably takes the alternative viewpoint.
Given that in Focus 52 they are advertising for reviewers in 7 civil categories, perhaps now is the time for that very debate.

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One comment on “Collaboration?

  • Remember that you could be an enemy within! The peer review standard is that which the peer reviewers say it is – so if you do not like it….get applying