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Nine in 10 articles rejected by NEJM appear in another journal

BMJ 2009; 339 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.b3777 (Published 14 September 2009) Cite this as: BMJ 2009;339:b3777
  1. Trish Groves, deputy editor, BMJ

    The results of a study to determine what proportion of papers rejected by the New England Journal of Medicine eventually get published elsewhere were presented at an international conference in Vancouver last week.

    Reporting their findings at the sixth international congress on peer review and biomedical publication in Vancouver on 11 September, Michael Bretthauer and colleagues from NEJM explained how they identified all research papers that the journal rejected in two years, 1995 and 2003, from their databases and then searched for them in the PubMed bibliographic search engine during 2008-9.

    In 1995 1431 papers were rejected after peer review, of which 1273 (89%) had been published by 2009, …

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