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June 20, 1986

Peer Review at JAMA—1985

JAMA. 1986;255(23):3286-3292. doi:10.1001/jama.1986.03370230092039

A professional journal is distinguished from other publications by virtue of peer review. Few, if any, other methods of disseminating information can equally challenge such a process. Journal peer review is the assessment by experts (peers) of material submitted for publication in scientific and technical periodicals.1 Through the process of peer review, judiciously applied, we can ensure that the information we provide you each week is as accurate as it is humanly possible to produce at that time. We believe that you trust us not to mislead you and we do our best to merit your trust.

We have substantial resources to help sift out the bad and choose from the best and most important manuscripts submitted to us. Our consultant file holds the names of the best scientists, clinicians, statisticians, educators, economists, authors, administrators, and even poets to help guide us in manuscript review, rejection, revision, and selection.