Peer Review or Peer Censorship?
by William A. Dembski
Frank Tipler’s article on peer review in this issue of PCID has led the PCID editors to reassess its policy on peer review. Although peer review as typically practiced by journals is effective at maintaining quality control for research within an established scientific framework, we agree with Tipler that it too often degenerates into a vehicle for censoring novel ideas that break with existing frameworks. Since the editors of PCID want as much as possible to encourage novelty and creativity within its pages, we are herewith changing our policy for the acceptance of papers. Henceforth, papers accepted for publication need simply pass the following two-step review process: (1) Having met basic scholarly standards and being relevant to the study of complex systems, the paper will be accepted into the ISCID Archive. (2) Once in the ISCID Archive, the paper will be accepted for publication in PCID provided at least one fellow of ISCID signs off on it. Except for papers by fellows submitted in their own name, papers accepted for publication in PCID will therefore be peer-reviewed. This review process emphasizes creativity and exploration over criticism and censorship.