Goal: Universal Reliability Score

The universal reliability score is designed to be a comprehensive metric that assesses the reliability and quality of research papers. It aims to replace crude binary measures such ‘published’ and ‘retracted’ that are often opaque and subjective with a more objective, data-driven, and transparent system.

Purpose and Importance

  • Enhancing Research Quality: By providing a reliability score, Referee encourages researchers and institutions to improve the quality of their submissions, aiming for higher reliability scores, which in turn should increase their research’s impact and recognition.
  • Reducing Research Waste: Billions are spent annually on research that may be redundant, flawed, or fraudulent. A reliability score helps identify and minimize such wastage, ensuring that funds are used more effectively.
  • Accelerating Knowledge Dissemination: By streamlining the peer review process and making it more transparent, the time from submission to publication can be significantly reduced, allowing important findings to be disseminated and applied sooner.
  • Democratizing Research: By eliminating biases associated with the traditional peer review system, which often privileges certain institutions or individuals, Referee levels the playing field, allowing ideas to be judged on their merit rather than their origin.
Critical Success Factors

1. Robust and Scalable Technological Infrastructure

  • Purpose: Ensures that the platform can effectively handle the demands of bounty systems and AI technologies seamlessly.
  • Necessary Conditions:
    • Capability to revise all scores iteratively (e.g. because weights in reliability score has changed)
    • Secure and scalable IT architecture
    • Advanced AI capabilities for paper scanning and analysis

2. Effective Participant Engagement and Reward System

  • Purpose: To maintain an active and growing community of researchers (“Makers”) and reviewers (“Breakers”) engaged through a clear and attractive incentive structure.
  • Necessary Conditions:
    • Transparent and fair reward distribution mechanisms
    • Engaging community support and outreach programs
    • Regular updates and feedback loops to adapt to community needs

3. Comprehensive Framework for Research Assessment

  • Purpose: To provide a universally accepted and standardized system for identifying and classifying research weaknesses, enhancing the reliability of academic publications.
  • Necessary Conditions:
    • Development of a widely accepted research weakness taxonomy
    • Continuous refinement of the framework based on academic feedback and technological advances
    • Integration with existing academic databases and repositories for seamless functionality