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June 17, 1998

Space Medicine in Peer-Reviewed Journals—Reply

Author Affiliations

Margaret A.WinkerMD, Senior EditorIndividualAuthorPhil B.FontanarosaMD, Senior EditorIndividualAuthor

JAMA. 1998;279(23):1875. doi:10-1001/pubs.JAMA-ISSN-0098-7484-279-23-jbk0617

In Reply.— Our statement "It is also regrettable that most of the reports of medical and physiological changes in space in both the United States and USSR/Russia have appeared in non–peer-reviewed publications" was not intended to apply to the journal of the Aerospace Medical Association Aviation, Space and Environmental Medicine . On the contrary, we recognize that this journal is peer reviewed, and we have published in it ourselves. We were referring to the large number of the National Aeronautics and Space Administration reports of space physiology and medicine that contained material that never saw the light of day in peer-reviewed journals. In particular this was the case with the earlier studies, including Skylab. Happily, the situation has changed recently and with the greater involvement of the academic medical community, the results of projects such as those carried out in the Spacelabs have increasingly been published in top-class, peer-reviewed journals.