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Prepublication histories and open peer review at The BMJ

BMJ 2014; 349 doi: (Published 03 September 2014) Cite this as: BMJ 2014;349:g5394
  1. Trish Groves, deputy editor,
  2. Elizabeth Loder, acting head of research
  1. 1The BMJ, London WC1H 9JR, UK
  1. eloder{at}, tgroves{at}

We will publish peer reviews and authors’ responses for all research articles

Over the past 15 years peer reviewers for The BMJ have shown, by signing their reviews and declaring to authors and editors any relevant competing interests, that they are unafraid of transparent scientific discourse. Now we are opening up our process to make our reviewers’ role as authors’ critical friends visible to all.

From this autumn on all research articles, and certain scholarly articles in The BMJ’s Analysis section, will have an article tab marked “Reviews.” Clicking on this will open the article’s prepublication history, comprising all signed reviews (including those by statisticians and patient peer reviewers), previous versions of the article, the study protocol for any clinical trial, the report from The BMJ’s manuscript committee meeting, and the authors’ responses to the editors’ and reviewers’ comments. As now, reviewers will not be able to make private comments to editors, except in the rare case when a reviewer wants to express concerns about the scientific integrity of the …

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