Publishing Biomedical Research: Roles and Responsibilities
Relman, Arnold S.
Hastings Center Report. 1990 May/Jun; 20(3): 23-27.
Authors, reviewers, and editors have critical responsibilities to ensure the validity and utility of published biomedical research...The peer review system I have described has come under criticism recently for being subjective, susceptible to error and bias, and ineffective at screening out fraud. These complaints are to a degree true, although beside the point. No doubt efforts at improvement should be made, but the basic system enjoys wide acceptance simply because no one has ever come up with anything better. Infallibility is not to be expected, but so long as author, reviewer, and editor conscientiously do their best the results will usually be acceptable.
Biomedical Research; Competence; Conflict of Interest; Editorial Policies; Ethics; Financial Support; Fraud; Information Dissemination; Investigators; Misconduct; Peer Review; Professional Competence; Professional Ethics; Publishing; Regulation; Research; Research Design; Review; Responsibilities; Science; Scientific Misconduct; Self Regulation; Technical Expertise;
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