Editorials

Reviewers chosen by authors

BMJ 1995; 311 doi: http://dx.doi.org/10.1136/bmj.311.6999.210 (Published 22 July 1995) Cite this as: BMJ 1995;311:210
  1. Alison Tonks, Assistant editor BMJ
  1. London WC1H 9JR

    May be better than reviewers chosen by editors

    We are always looking for ways of improving our processes of peer review, and over the next few months we will be exploring the option of using reviewers nominated by authors. We therefore ask all researchers to suggest two or three potential reviewers for papers they submit for publication. The reviewers can come from anywhere in the world, and we especially welcome reviewers from outside Britain.

    This policy could improve the quality of peer review in two important ways. Firstly, authors are often better placed than editors to know whom to approach for a considered, balanced, and credible opinion in their field of …

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