Is peer review the enemy of creativity?

February 5, 2009 at 5:24 pm Leave a comment

The anonymous peer review process is the enemy of scientific creativity, according to Sir James Black in an interview for an FT article (2nd February).

The article went on to quote Sir James as saying: “Peer reviewers go for orthodoxy… Many of the great 19th-century discoveries were made by men who had independent wealth – Charles Darwin is the prototype. They trusted themselves.”

Mmm…I wonder if this will this lead to the abandonment of publication planning activities?

Sir James Black discovered the beta blocker propranolol for the treatment of angina and the histamine H2-receptor antagonist cimetidine for the treatment of stomach ulcers. He won the Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine in 1988 and you can read his autobiography here.


Entry filed under: Medical writing, Medicine, Pharmaceutical, Science writing.

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