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A history of academic peer review
This infographic was originally published on Frontiers and has been republished here with permission.
 
Although peer review is a fundamental quality control measure implemented during the publishing process, the practice as we know it today is quite different from how it was envisioned almost two centuries ago. 
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PDF version available here: A Succinct History of Academic Peer Review

References

Csiszar, A. (2016) Peer review: Troubled from the start. Nature 532:306-8 doi:10.1038/532306a

Spier, R. (2002) The history of the peer-review process. Trends in Biotechnology 20(8):357-8 doi: 10.1016/S0167-7799(02)01985-6

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