Saturday, October 9th 2021, 6:12:32 pm
The engine of the modern scientific enterprise is peer review. When scientists complete a new study and seek to get it published in an academic journal, the journal's editor will send the paper out to some of the submitting scientist's colleagues to critique it. They'll judge the paper's quality and provide learned feedback. Remarkably, they do this for free, despite the fact that academic publishers are generally quite profitable, making money by disseminating finished scientific papers to libraries, academic institutions, and other researchers.