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Peer Review in Health Sciences

BMJ 2000; 320 doi: (Published 03 June 2000) Cite this as: BMJ 2000;320:1546
  1. Hervé Maisonneuve, Public Health Department
  1. University of Paris

    Fiona Godlee, Tom Jefferson

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    BMJ Books, £30, pp 286 ISBN 0 7279 1181 3

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    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 …

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