Peer Review in the Blogosphere

By Communications Office Fri, January 25, 2008

"What if scholarly books were peer reviewed by anonymous blog comments rather than by traditional, selected peer reviewers?" So begins a piece by Jeffrey Young recently published in the Chronicle of Higher Education, considering the "experiment" currently taking place on the blog Grand Text Auto . In collaboration with MIT Press and the Institute for the Future of the Book , University of California at San Diego assistant professor of communication Noah Wardrip-Fruin is posting to this “group blog about computer narrative, games, poetry, and art” excerpts from a draft in progress of his forthcoming book, Expressive Processing: Digital Fictions, Computer Games, and Software Studies.

At its peak, Grand Text Auto reportedly receives more than 200,000 visits per month. “This is the community whose response I want, not just the small circle of academics,” says Wardrip-Fruin, according to the Chronicle of Higher Education. (Wardrip-Fruin’s editor at MIT Press approves of this experiment in unorthodox, blog-based review, but has insisted on a traditional peer review process as well.)

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