An unusual experiment to compare traditional peer review with anonymous blog comments begins today, reports the Chronicle of Higher Education. Noah Wardrip-Fruin, assistant professor of communication at UCSD, working with the Institute for the Future of the Book's CommentPress (and with the agreement of his publisher, MIT Press), will post sections of his book (Expressive Processing: Digital Fictions, Computer Games, and Software Studies) on Grand Theft Auto, making it available to readers to add critiques in the margins. MIT Press also will use its traditional peer review process, allowing for a side-by-side comparison of traditional and new review techniques. Professor Wardrip-Fruin expects to receive many more helpful comments through the blog than through the traditional peer review approach. Although the blog comments may be helpful, it's unlikely that they will replace the traditional peer review process -- at least not quite yet.
Posted by P. Kaufman at January 22, 2008 9:37 AM