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Research Letter
September 27, 2016

Single-blind vs Double-blind Peer Review in the Setting of Author Prestige

Author Affiliations
  • 1Department of Orthopaedic Surgery, Kaiser Moanalua Medical Center, Honolulu, Hawaii
  • 2Department of Orthopaedic Surgery, University of Washington School of Medicine, Seattle
  • 3Department of Orthopaedic Surgery, Children’s Hospital Boston, Boston, Massachusetts

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JAMA. 2016;316(12):1315-1316. doi:10.1001/jama.2016.11014

Most medical journals practice single-blind review1 (authors’ identities known to reviewers), but double-blind review (authors’ identities masked to reviewers) may improve the quality of reviews.2 Bias with single-blind review might be greatest in the setting of author or institutional prestige.2

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