The Necessity of Commensuration Bias in Grant Peer Review

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Peer reviewers at many funding agencies and scientific journals are asked to score submissions both on individual criteria and overall. The overall scores should be some kind of aggregate of the criteria scores. Carole Lee identifies this as a potential locus for bias to enter the peer review process, which she calls commensuration bias. Here I view the aggregation of scores through the lens of social choice theory. I argue that in many situations, especially when reviewing grant proposals, it is impossible to avoid commensuration bias.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)423-443
Number of pages21
Issue number39
Publication statusPublished - 28 Dec 2022


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