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Letters The truth about sports drinks

Poor science does not explain why papers are rejected

BMJ 2012; 345 doi: (Published 18 September 2012) Cite this as: BMJ 2012;345:e5853
  1. Timothy D Noakes, medical scientist1
  1. 1University of Cape Town, Sports Science Institute of South Africa, Newlands, 7700, South Africa
  1. noakes{at}

Sawka concludes that poor science, not conflicts of interest, explains why papers are rejected by leading journals, including the Journal of Applied Physiology and Medicine and Science in Sports and Exercise, the editorial boards and review panels of which contain people with close connections to the sports drink industry.1 If true, the rejected papers would not attract high citation rates when …

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