Decisions to accept or reject manuscripts when referees have polarized opinions about the worth of a manuscript entreat the scientific community to devise means that discourage the use of subjective criteria and increase the level of inter-referee agreement. This paper describes a decision model and a system that not only provides a means to improve the inter-referee agreement, but also includes mechanisms for curtailing often noted group process losses. It is argued that the World Wide Web based Distributed Group Support System allows opportunities for implementing and experimenting with various communication and decision structures that have significant ramifications for the peer review process.
Rana, Ajaz R.; Whitescarver, James; Godala, Sudha; and Aljallad, Firas, "From Isolation to Collaboration:A WWW based Collaborative Review
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