"The scandal of poor medical research" comes first in top papers poll
As part of our 20th online anniversary celebrations we ran a poll which asked readers to nominate which paper The BMJ should be most proud of publishing.
We confined the poll to Web of Science's top six most highly cited papers from the list of 20 articles.
The poll ran from July 7-15 2015 and attracted 576 votes across 55 countries.
- Doug Altman's editorial, The scandal of poor medical research was the clear winner, attracting 252 votes, almost 44% of the total votes
- John Gabbay's 2004 study, "Evidence based guidelines or collectively constructed “mindlines?" Ethnographic study of knowledge management in primary care came second, attracting 89 votes, (15.45% of total votes cast)
- Establishing a standard definition for child overweight and obesity worldwide: international survey came third, attracting 69 votes (11.98% of total votes cast)
- In fourth place was Multiple imputation for missing data in epidemiological and clinical research: potential and pitfalls, with 61 votes (10.59% of total votes cast)
- Effect of zinc supplementation started during diarrhoea on morbidity and mortality in Bangladeshi children: community randomised trial was fifth (57 votes, 9.9% of total votes cast),
- What worries parents when their preschool children are acutely ill, and why: a qualitative study came sixth, with 48 votes (8.33% of total votes cast)
Many thanks to all those who voted, and to readers who have also responded to this article with others papers which they feel have had a major impact.
Competing interests: No competing interests