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Arvind Narayanan @random_walker
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New blog post: How to constructively review a research paper…
Let's start by acknowledging that three key review criteria — correctness/validity, impact/significance, and novelty/originality — differ greatly in terms of reviewers’ ability to judge them.
Unfortunately, "novelty" in peer review is often used as a euphemism for cleverness. If this tendency is left unchecked, publishing is at risk of devolving into a contest where academics impress each other.
Some suggestions for reviewers on how to constructively talk about correctness, impact, and novelty in a review.…
Many famous papers were initially rejected.

Ralph Merkle's invention of public key cryptography in 1975:

Top economists let off some steam (1994):…

A blog post with many stories (+ great comments section):…
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