Students at the Higher School of Economics in Moscow have unveiled what must be the first monument to peer reviewers.
The sculpture takes the form of a die displaying on its five visible sides the possible results of review — ‘Accept’, ‘Minor Changes’, ‘Major Changes’, ‘Revise and Resubmit’ and ‘Reject’.
The main academic sponsor, sociologist Igor Chirikov, spends part of his time at Berkeley.
It’s a better idea than a sculpture. The block of concrete was just sitting there, and the challenge was to reuse it, which rather limited the artistic options. It’s a pity that the key words are all in English: a realistic reflection of the current state of scientific publication, but Russia has a great scientific tradition that could have been recalled at the same time. Do commenters have better suggestions for honouring the Unknown Peer Reviewer? Disappointed authors might for instance go for a hangar full of vampire bats.