Letters Section Editor: Robert M. Golub, MD, Senior Editor.
To the Editor: Dr Ross and colleagues1 provided evidence that the likelihood of acceptance of abstracts submitted for presentation at the American Heart Association annual scientific sessions was affected by the type of peer review. There was a higher percentage of abstracts accepted from authors from the United States, other English-speaking countries, and prestigious academic institutions with open rather than blinded peer review. They conclude that adoption of blinded peer review by scientific research meetings is a reasonable, low-cost intervention with substantial benefit and that future research should evaluate the effect of blinded peer review on manuscript reviewer bias.
Falagas ME. Abstract Acceptance and Blinded Peer Review. JAMA. 2006;296(10):1230-1231. doi:10.1001/jama.296.10.1230-b