Solving the issue of finding expert peer reviewers: Opinion

October 28, 2021
Journals often struggle to find peer reviewers, and remuneration may help solve the issue, writes Adrian Furnham. Furnham says that journals often request highly productive academics to peer review work, but these academics receive an overwhelming amount of such requests. The author says that professionalizing the process through payment may help solve the problem, but questions how this could successfully be implemented and whether the pay would be conditional in any way. Furnham says remuneration could lead to benefits such as higher standards for reviewers, while it could also lead to downsides such as reviewers being chosen based on economic need rather than expertise. The author also discusses making peer review mandatory for academics or charging authors for submissions. Times Higher Ed (Editorial)