Gamifying peer-review?

Interesting look at changing how peer-review contributions are measured, through the lens of “gamification”


Fact is: there are lots of articles on arXiv and only about a third published traditionally (according to their statistics). Contrary to biology and medical science, where researchers are way more advanced in new publishing models (like PLoS and PeerJ, the second being almost green in flavour), in math and physics we don’t have any other option than  arXiv, which is great, the greatest in fact, the oldest, but … but only if it had a functional peer-review system attached. Then it would be perfect!

It is hard though to come with a model of peer-review for the arXiv. Or for any other green OA publication system, I take the arXiv as example only because I am most fond of. It is hard because there has to be a way to motivate the researchers to do the peer-reviews. For free. This is the main type of psychological argument against having…

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  1. chorasimilarity

    Glad you liked the post. Imagine an academic MMORPG, with kingdoms to rule, extend or defend (research areas), armies to lead (delegating and managing peer-reviews), citations as trade and so on. Based on visual representations (like graphs of interacting research fields, automatically generated), instead of reward points like in mathoverflow. As a side-product, an evolving map of the research world. It would be fun, I guess, many would love it and some would hate it.

    • Olivier Charbonneau

      Actually, that’s an interesting take on mass data visualization – imagine creating an algorithm that could parse a dataset of bibliographic information into minecraft (for example) – what would that research “world” look like?

      • chorasimilarity

        Yes, good example! Minecraft, why not? Excellent! Visual data is much more powerful than just numbers. I am puzzled though because I developed a bit the initial idea in a more recent post, about a kind of MMORPG game on the “knowledge frontier” (may sound phony). The post seemed to lack of immediate interest and I wonder why. Your proposal is in the same direction, let’s hope some open science hackers give it a try.

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