A Proposal for Agent Simulation of Peer Review

15 Pages Posted: 24 Sep 2010 Last revised: 13 Dec 2010

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Francisco Grimaldo Moreno

Departament d'Informàtica - Universitat de València

Mario Paolucci

Italian National Research Council (CNR) - Institute of Cognitive Sciences and Technologies (ISTC)

Rosaria Conte

Italian National Research Council (CNR) - Institute of Cognitive Sciences and Technologies (ISTC)

Date Written: September 23, 2010

Abstract

Peer review lies at the core of current scientific research. It is composed of a set of social norms, practices and processes that connect the abstract scientific method with the society of people that apply the method.

As a social construct, peer review should be understood by building theory-informed models and comparing them with data collection. Both these activities are evolving in the era of automated computation and communication: new modeling tools and large bodies of data become available to the interested researcher.

In this paper, starting from abstract principles, we develop and present a model of the peer review process. We also propose a working implementation of a subset of the general model, developed with Jason, a language that implements the BDI architecture for multi agent systems. After running a set of simulations, varying the initial distribution of reviewer skill, we compare the aggregates that our simplified model produces with recent findings, showing how the model can generate data with comparable statistical signatures.

We conclude with a list of research questions that could be addressed in future work.

Keywords: peer review, simulation, social simulation, agent-based model, Jason, BDI

JEL Classification: C15

Suggested Citation

Grimaldo Moreno, Francisco and Paolucci, Mario and Conte, Rosaria, A Proposal for Agent Simulation of Peer Review (September 23, 2010). Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=1681422 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.1681422

Francisco Grimaldo Moreno

Departament d'Informàtica - Universitat de València ( email )

Av. Vicent Andrés Estellés, s/n
Burjassot, Valencia 46100
Spain

HOME PAGE: http://www.uv.es/grimo

Mario Paolucci (Contact Author)

Italian National Research Council (CNR) - Institute of Cognitive Sciences and Technologies (ISTC) ( email )

Via Palestro, 32
Roma, RM 00185
Italy

Rosaria Conte

Italian National Research Council (CNR) - Institute of Cognitive Sciences and Technologies (ISTC) ( email )

Via Palestro, 32
Rome, RM 00185
Italy

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