Ethical problems in academic peer review

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The prevailing perspective assumes that most individuals act with good intentions. However, in specific domains like the peer review of disruptive innovations, unethical behavior can sometimes outweigh ethical conduct. Interestingly, it's often the minority of ethical individuals who play a pivotal role in facilitating the success of disruptive innovations, while mainstream media tends to overlook or even indulgence instances of academic misconduct within peer review.

Scholarly journals are categorized into tiers, resulting in the paradoxical situation where subpar articles in prestigious journals are sometimes celebrated as groundbreaking. Widespread promotional strategies and advertisements often overshadow genuinely innovative work. Science has evolved into a profession, taking on the appearance of a scholarly game, encouraged by academic authorities. Eliminating journal rankings and promotional mechanisms could potentially restore the authentic scientific spirit of earlier eras, allowing valuable contributions to receive the recognition they deserve.

Broad consensus seldom fosters innovation, and following popular trends rarely nurtures creativity. Authentic innovation thrives in specialized domains, where even highly cited papers may lack genuine novelty.

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