Scientific Paper Peer-Reviewing System With Blockchain, IPFS, and Smart Contract

Scientific Paper Peer-Reviewing System With Blockchain, IPFS, and Smart Contract

Shantanu Kumar Rahut (East West University, Bangladesh), Razwan Ahmed Tanvir (East West University, Bangladesh), Sharfi Rahman (East West University, Bangladesh) and Shamim Akhter (East West University, Bangladesh)
DOI: 10.4018/978-1-5225-9257-0.ch010

Abstract

In general, peer reviewing is known as an inspection of a work that is completed by one or more qualified people from the same profession and from the relevant field to make the work more error-free, readable, presentable, and adjustable according to the pre-published requirements and also considered as the primary metric for publishing a research paper, accepting research grants, or selecting award nominees. However, many recent publications are pointing to the biasness and mistreatment in the peer-review process. Thus, the scientific community is involved to generate ideas to advance the reviewing process including standardizing procedures and protocols, blind and electronic reviewing, rigorous methods in reviewer selection, rewarding reviewers, providing detailed feedback or checklist to reviewers, etc. In this chapter, the authors propose a decentralized and anonymous scientific peer-reviewing system using blockchain technology. This system will integrate all the above concern issues and eliminate the bias or trust issues interconnected with the peer-reviewing process.
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Existing Peer Reviewing System, Drawbacks And Challenges

It is assumed that the first peer- reviewing process was archived in a book named “Ethics of the Physician”, written by a Syrian physician, Ishap bin Ali Al Rahwi (CE 854–931). Back then, other physicians used peer-reviewing on a given prescription to the patients to see if they are being treated according to the standards (Spier, 2002) or not. The idea of peer-reviewing was started from here. Later, many media, and literature societies started practicing the peer-reviewing system for their own development and improvement of knowledge. The societies submitted their works to the committee where the committee reviewed papers, accepted or recommended for any changes (kronick, 1990). In 1731, the Royal Society of Edinburgh instigated the peer-review system in Scholarly publication with a bunch of peer-reviewed medical papers. But the publication of articles was decided almost 100 years later after (Shema, 2014). In 1831, William Whewell of royal society of London proposed the Proceeding of the Royal Society where the new papers were included. That’s where the real peer-reviewing was started (INFOGRAPHIC). At first, the single blind review was adopted, where the reviewer was anonymous, but the author name was known to the reviewer. This process was garbage as the papers were not well reviewed and most of the time the reviewer was biased (Csiszar, 2016). “Editor plus two referees system” became quite popular among the scholars for peer-reviewing. Then “Double-blind” peer-reviewing was adopted to avoid bias (Rowland, 2002). This process is now used to review most of the scientific papers with some updates which will be discussed later.

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