Bad reviewer decapitated…?

January 12, 2010

Antoine-Laurent de Lavoisier (26 August 1743 – 8 May 1794), father of modern chemistry, was executed by means of decapitation.  It appears as if a few years earlier when he curtly dismissed a “preposterous scientific invention” by Jean-Paul Marat he might have signed his own death certificate. Marat subsequently became a leading revolutionary and might have played a key role in the acquisitions against Lavoisier.

So should scientific reviews be blind?  Given Lavoisier’s experience I would go for blind, even double-blind… long live both the reviewer and the author!

What do you think?

(Read more on Lavoisier on Wikipedia.)