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Telescope Time Without Tears: A Distributed Approach to Peer Review

By SpaceRef Editor
June 10, 2009
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Michael R. Merrifield (1), Donald G. Saari (2) ((1) University of Nottingham, School of Physics & Astronomy,(2) University of California Irvine, Institute of Mathematical Behavioral Sciences) (Submitted on 10 Jun 2009)

The procedure that is currently employed to allocate time on telescopes is horribly onerous on those unfortunate astronomers who serve on the committees that administer the process, and is in danger of complete collapse as the number of applications steadily increases. Here, an alternative is presented, whereby the task is distributed around the astronomical community, with a suitable mechanism design established to steer the outcome toward awarding this precious resource to those projects where there is a consensus across the community that the science is most exciting and innovative.

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Comments: 9 pages, accepted for publication in Astronomy & Geophysics Subjects: Instrumentation and Methods for Astrophysics (astro-ph.IM) Cite as: arXiv:0906.1943v1 [astro-ph.IM]

Submission history From: Michael R. Merrifield [view email] [v1] Wed, 10 Jun 2009 14:09:52 GMT (728kb)

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