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Popularity does not equal peer review

BMJ 1995; 311 doi: (Published 19 August 1995) Cite this as: BMJ 1995;311:507
  1. Roy M Pitkin, Professor
  1. Department of Obstetrics and Gynaecology, University of California, Los Angeles, CA 90095-1405, USA

    EDITOR,--In announcing the death of biomedical journals, Ronald E LaPorte and colleagues extol the potential of the information superhighway for the transmission, compilation, and retrieval of data.1 The presumption seems to be that expanded access is one of the most ardent desires of readers of biomedical journals. An electronic research communication system in physics, which has grown to 40000 users in just four years, is given as evidence. Perhaps physicists are different from physicians. I don't know any medical …

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