On the occasion of the 200th anniversary of Charles Dickens’s birth, I am struck by his creative genius and by the parallel between the intellectual development of his protagonists and the evolution of peer review. Like many of his novels and serial writings, the story of the history of peer review is a bildungsroman, one that has followed a process of growing up, sought answers through a journey marked by achievement and disappointment, and ultimately matured to be accepted by a community.
Howard A. Rockman
Data set of 12 observations, displayed as a dot plot alongside the mean and SEM (left) and as a plunger plot with SEM (right).
The dot plot clearly reveals the distribution of the data, whereas the dynamite plunger obscures the skewness of the data.