B – Peer review simulation

Paolucci M. Grimaldo F. Mechanism change in a simulation of peer review: from junk support to elitism. Scientometrics epub February 2014
(doi: 10.1007/s11192-014-1239-1)

In this work, with an agent-based approach, the authors developed a computational model as an heuristic device to represent, discuss and compare theoretical statements and their consequences. Employing a theoretical approach supported by agent-based simulation, they examined computational models of peer review, performing the replication of simulations using different mechanisms. Plausible changes showed that peer review can withstand a substantial amount of cheaters, causing just a graceful decline in total quality.