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Experts deny claims that peer review system is in crisis

BMJ 2011; 342 doi: http://dx.doi.org/10.1136/bmj.d2858 (Published 05 May 2011) Cite this as: BMJ 2011;342:d2858
  1. Adrian O’Dowd
  1. 1London

Experts have defended the peer review system used by many medical journals before publishing new research and denied claims that it is in “crisis.”

Witnesses appearing before the parliamentary science and technology select committee on 4 May said the system was not perfect but worked well and helped to maintain the public’s trust in science.

MPs on the committee were holding their first oral evidence session as part of their new inquiry into the current state of the peer review process in science. They were prompted to look into peer review by several factors, said a spokeswoman, including the leaked emails on climate change from the University of East Anglia and the Lancet study by Andrew Wakefield.

MPs …

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