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June 17, 1998

Space Medicine in Peer-Reviewed Journals

Author Affiliations

Margaret A.WinkerMD, Senior EditorIndividualAuthorPhil B.FontanarosaMD, Senior EditorIndividualAuthor

JAMA. 1998;279(23):1875. doi:10-1001/pubs.JAMA-ISSN-0098-7484-279-23-jbk0617

To the Editor.— Dr West and colleagues1 recently replied to a letter to the editor2 entitled "Pulmonary Function in Space." The reply stated, "It is also regrettable that most of the reports of medical and physiological changes in space in both the United States and USSR/Russia have appeared in non–peer-reviewed publications." This statement is inaccurate. The official journal of the Aerospace Medical Association, Aviation, Space and Environmental Medicine, is the major forum for clinical and scientific articles regarding the space program. Our monthly journal has been published since 1929 and has a rigorous peer review process. The statement by West et al discredits not only Aviation, Space and Environmental Medicine, but also the scientists and clinicians who publish in our journal.

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