Monument to peer review unveiled in Moscow

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Peer review immortalized in concrete A Russian university unveiled the world’s first monument to peer review on 26 May. The 1.5‑tonne tribute (pictured) at the Higher School of Economics (HSE) in Moscow consists of a derelict concrete block fashioned into a die, displaying on its five visible sides the possible results of review — ‘Accept’, ‘Minor Changes’, ‘Major Changes’, ‘Revise and Resubmit’ and ‘Reject’. The director of the HSE’s Institute of Education asked his faculty last year for ideas about how to turn the block into something meaningful. A suggestion by HSE sociologist Igor Chirikov to turn it into a ‘monument to an anonymous peer reviewer struck a chord, gathering US$2,500 in funding from an Internet campaign. The work is also carved with the titles of 21 papers, most by the researchers who made the largest contributions to the campaign.
https://www.nature.com/news/monument-to-peer-review-unveiled-in-moscow-1.22060
 
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Wow, I didn't know Peer Review was Russian.

Was he related to the Frenchman Bourbaki?
 
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A die? Something completely random? That's an interesting comment on peer review...
 
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A die? Something completely random? That's an interesting comment on peer review...

That was my thinking as well.
 
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If its in Russia, how come its in English?
 
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If its in Russia, how come its in English?
Because it is the language of science? Russian researchers publish in English and get peer-reviewed in English.
 
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If its in Russia, how come its in English?
<Puts on Russian accent> Has to be in English. In English, peers review you. But in Soviet Russia, you review... oh... wait... never mind.
 

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