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February 20, 2002

Peer ReviewEditorial Peer Review: Its Strengths and Weaknesses

Author Affiliations

Harriet S.MeyerMD, Contributing EditorDavid H.MorseMS, Journal Review EditorRobertHoganMD, adviser for new media


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by Ann Weller (ASIST Monograph Series), 342 pp, $44.50, ISBN 1-57387-100-1, Medford, NJ, Information Today, 2001.

JAMA. 2002;287(7):915-916. doi:10.1001/jama.287.7.915

Editorial Peer Review: Its Strengths and Weaknesses presents a comprehensive examination of the process of editorial review during the second half of the 20th century. A respected health science librarian, Ann Weller has conducted a thorough review of nearly 1500 English-language studies on editorial peer review that were published between 1945 and 1997. Weller's strategy to identify these studies included search of the standard scientific online databases as well as a self-described Sherlock Holmes-like detection of additional relevant studies cited in articles identified in the online databases. She also developed a database of 300 irrelevant articles. Studies included in this monograph come from a variety of disciplines, including medicine, nursing, psychology, business, economics, library science, and sociology.

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