Sociologist Wants to Dedicate a Monument to the Anonymous Peer Reviewer

Ever feel like your journal submission is a crap shoot? This is the monument for you.

A sociologist in Russia wants to dedicate a large concrete cube at Moscow’s Higher School of Economics to the anonymous peer reviewer. As noted on Igor Chirikov’s Kickstarter page, and in an article by the magazine Nature, the monument would be shaped like a die, with the five visible sides labeled “Accept,” “Minor Changes,” “Major Changes,” “Revise and Resubmit,” and “Reject.”

But that’s not all. With a donation of $60 or more (and if you’re one of the first 20 people to donate such an amount), you and your paper title could be chiseled onto the die. Don’t have that kind of cash? You could still earn a pair of dice in the same style as the proposed block.

According to Nature, the idea grew from a request by an administrator at the school to turn the piece of concrete into something better-looking. The money earned through the Kickstarter campaign, which has a goal of $1,300, would be used to pay a sculptor.

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