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Minimal refereeing will lead to global equity of information

BMJ 2001; 323 doi: (Published 14 July 2001) Cite this as: BMJ 2001;323:111
  1. Peter A Singer (, Sun Life chairman in bioethics
  1. University of Toronto Joint Centre for Bioethics, Toronto, ON, Canada M5G 1L4

    EDITOR—The comment attributed to William Shulenberger in Smith's editorial on electronic publishing in science1—that “minimal refereeing services” such as BioMed Central “may not get far because some scientific communities, particularly medicine, are nervous of minimal refereeing”—is pivotal. Minimal refereeing is only half the story. The other half concerns improving measures of the quality of published articles.

    At the moment, our primary measure of quality is the brand name of the journal in which an article …

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