Re: Effect of using reporting guidelines during peer review on quality of final manuscripts submitted to a biomedical journal: masked randomised trial
Peter Gill’s suggestion of passing on subscriptions is laudable but also highlights a problem regarding access to publications. Doctors in most high income countries have access provided by organisations or governments. Increasingly, doctors in low-income countries have access provided by ingenious schemes such as HINARI or Evidence Aid. It is the doctors who are from middle-income countries such as Malaysia, who are frequently caught in the middle – the country is considered too rich for aid but the majority of doctors are unable to afford the high cost of subscription.
Until our local strategies to provide access to publications improve, many of us may have to rely on friends like Peter.
Competing interests: No competing interests