Literature Analysis: A Version of Formalized Crowd Sourcing
John M. Weiner, Debora S. Bartoo

This report explores the effectiveness of a formal version of crowdsourcing in assessing manuscripts submitted for publication. The credibility of the results may be questioned because the expertise of those responding may be unknown. Literature Analysis is an attempt to correct this potential defect in crowdsourcing by capturing the reviewed and refereed, published ideas from subject specialists. The feasibility of Literature Analysis in providing a mechanism for assessing the contribution of a proposed manuscript is illustrated using examples from two different subject areas – business innovation and dog-related disease. If there is merit to considering the world’s author-specialists and their ideas, Literature Analysis offers a formalized process in the capture and use of these data.

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