Peer Review in Health SciencesBMJ 2000; 320 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.320.7248.1546 (Published 03 June 2000) Cite this as: BMJ 2000;320:1546
- Hervé Maisonneuve, Public Health Department
- University of Paris
Fiona Godlee, Tom Jefferson
BMJ Books, £30, pp 286 ISBN 0 7279 1181 3
Why do we still use a system to select manuscripts for publication and grant applications that is biased and has many drawbacks? Because we have no alternative; we want a system that has an impact on academic careers even if its methodology is poor. Publishing everything without review is desirable to some but unacceptable to many. A middle solution is currently envisaged on the internet, where peer-reviewed articles could be followed by reviewers' criticisms, the authors' answers, and even readers' comments.
Most of us would agree that we need a formal peer …