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Review of publication bias in studies on publication bias: Here's a proposal for editors that may help reduce publication bias

BMJ 2005; 331 doi: (Published 15 September 2005) Cite this as: BMJ 2005;331:638
  1. M Maria Glymour, instructor (,
  2. Ichiro Kawachi, professor of social epidemiology
  1. Department of Society, Human Development and Health, Harvard School of Public Health, Boston, MA 02215, USA

    Editor—Publication bias is a pervasive problem in biomedical research,1 Dubben and Beck-Bornholdt providing further evidence on its importance.2 The preference for publishing papers with significant results may seriously compromise the ability to draw valid conclusions from the published literature. This problem seems particularly relevant to results from epidemiological research.

    We offer a solution to this problem that lies at the disposal …

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