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Data Analysis and Knowledge Discovery  2021, Vol. 5 Issue (4): 115-122    DOI: 10.11925/infotech.2096-3467.2020.0770
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Evaluating Consistency of Scholarly Article Reviewers
Yue Mingliang1,Li Fushan1(),Tang Hongbo1,Lv Xinhua1,Ma Tingcan1,2
1Wuhan Library, Chinese Academy of Sciences, Wuhan 430071, China
2Department of Library, Information and Archives Management, School of Economics and Management, University of Chinese Academy of Sciences, Beijing 100190, China
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[Objective] This paper proposes a method to evaluate the consistency of scholarly journal article reviewers. [Methods] We developed a consistency index based on the knowledge from reviews and bibliometric data. Then, we conducted hypothesis test to examine whether experts with higher consistency scores make a more accurate evaluation of the paper. [Results] We found high-consistency experts could identify papers with academic community recognition, which was also maintained over time. [Limitations] The proposed consistency index could not replace journal editors in selecting experts, however, it helps to make reviewer selection efficiently and effectively. [Conclusions] It is feasible to calculate the consistency index based on historical data to select reviewers of scholarly articles.

Key wordsResearch Paper Review      Expert      Consistency Evaluation      Hypothesis Test     
Received: 06 August 2020      Published: 29 October 2020
ZTFLH:  分类号: G350  
Fund:Youth Innovation Team Project of the Chinese Academy of Sciences Literature and Information Center(Y8KZ491);Literature and Information Capacity Building Project of Chinese Academy of Sciences(Y9290001);National Natural Science Foundation of China(71603252)
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Yue Mingliang,Li Fushan,Tang Hongbo,Lv Xinhua,Ma Tingcan. Evaluating Consistency of Scholarly Article Reviewers. Data Analysis and Knowledge Discovery, 2021, 5(4): 115-122.

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Distribution of Reviewed Papers of 177 Effective Experts
Distribution of Number of Reviewers
Distribution of Publication Years
Distribution of Citation Times
Distribution of Consistency Index of 170 Experts
Recognition Ability of Experts with High/Low Consistency Index
比较项 0σ 0.1σ 0.2σ 0.3σ 0.4σ 0.5σ
样本量 38 26 45 19 48 16 51 13 54 10 59 5
均值 0.84 1.93 0.890 2.20 0.91 2.40 0.96 2.55 1.00 2.82 1.10 3.43
p 0.00
Test Statistics of Different Consistency Indices
比较项 0σ 0.1σ 0.2σ 0.3σ 0.4σ 0.5σ
样本量 32 23 35 20 43 12 45 10 47 8 49 6
均值 0.84 1.79 0.88 1.88 0.92 2.39 0.97 2.45 0.99 2.75 1.00 3.00
p 0.00
Test Statistics of Different Consistency Indices(m=2, n=8)
Recognition Ability Calculated from Historical Data and Verification Data
n 8 10 12
样本量 12 7 8 7 6 6
均值 1.608 2.212 1.709 2.212 1.656 2.210
p 0.482 0.613 1.000
Test Statistics of Historical Data and Verification Data
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