Why I'm a reluctant rapid responder

BMJ 2004; 328 doi: (Published 12 February 2004) Cite this as: BMJ 2004;328:413
  1. Mina Fazel (, clinical lecturer in child and adolescent psychiatry
  1. University of Oxford

    Irritation, inadequacy, and resignation were among my first feelings when I read the rapid responses on to a paper I had published by the BMJ (2003;327: 134). And then the anger slowly crept in and stayed. I used to think rapid responses were a valuable and important way to maximise the learning opportunities inherent in publishing by enabling an exchange of ideas and knowledge. With two other doctors I had previously written a response to share our experiences of a rare medical disorder. I had also read the rapid responses to specific archived articles. But I felt completely different when reading the responses to my article.

    Like anyone who has published research I had gone through the long and difficult tasks of writing a proposal, obtaining funding, getting ethical approval, collecting and analysing results, and then writing numerous drafts before sending the work to be considered for publication. After peer review, which included the opinion of …

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