Intended for healthcare professionals


Adverse effects of statins

BMJ 2014; 348 doi: (Published 15 May 2014) Cite this as: BMJ 2014;348:g3306

Re: Adverse effects of statins

I'm concerned about pressure that has been placed on editors and reviewers about the error which has already been corrected in this article. I personally know nothing of statins, but I am a reviewer for many peer-reviewed journals and want to remind everyone that:
1. the system of peer-review is imperfect, but it's the best system we have;
2. reviewers and editors are usually unpaid and doing this work 'on their own back' and in their own time;
3. that there are powerful lobbies who may wish to use errors as an excuse to override editorial independence , and set an example for others in doing so - effectively punishing the whole system for upsetting their business.


Jan Golembiewski

Competing interests: No competing interests

05 June 2014
Jan Golembiewski
University of Sydney
1 Glenview Street