Original scientific reports in peer-reviewed journals are the cornerstones of new medical knowledge. Yet medical journalism, unlike research, is not a science but rather, like medical practice, a mix of art and science. All journals face the continuing challenges of providing their readers with information they can trust, improving their systems for evaluating manuscripts, and dealing with increasing concerns about financial and intellectual conflicts of interest. Diagnosing the ills of biomedical publications and advancing solutions are the missions of the International Congresses on Peer Review and Biomedical Publication, the seventh and most recent of which was held in Chicago in September 2013, organized by The JAMA Network and the BMJ and once again led by Drummond Rennie, MD.
Steinbrook R. The Peer Review CongressesImproving Peer Review and Biomedical Publication. JAMA. 2013;310(17):1799-1800. doi:10.1001/jama.2013.280834