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Easing the burden of peer review

A recent trial of distributed peer review for telescope time allocation at the European Southern Observatory echoes the findings of a similar scheme in place at Gemini Observatory since 2015, with both procedures reducing the time invested, financial costs and reviewer burden.

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Andersen, M. Easing the burden of peer review. Nat Astron 4, 646–647 (2020).

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