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date: 09 May 2021

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Peer review remains the tool of choice for research evaluation. But can peer review judge interdisciplinary research and societal, as well as scholarly, impact? Or should metrics for scholarly impact and altmetrics for societal impact replace peer review? “Peer Review, Interdisciplinarity and Serendipity” argues that peer review should be redesigned to maximize serendipity, conceived as ‘sagacity regarding opportunity’. Rather than using peer review to promote the pursuit of academic knowledge for its own sake (and then scrambling to adapt it to interdisciplinary and transdisciplinary demands), this alternative suggests using peer review for communication among academics (from whatever discipline) and between academics and other members of society.

Keywords: peer review, impact, research evaluation, metrics, altmetrics, academics, society, serendipity

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