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The Journal turns to leading physicians and scientists for counsel in the selection of papers for publication. The program was initiated with an occasional inquiry; it is now a policy. The plan has broadened the considerations of the editorial staff and provided for the contributors a test of readership interest.
The requests for counsel are usually direct and searching: What is your opinion of the paper? Are the findings new? Are the studies adequate? Is the discussion informative? Is the manuscript suitable or appropriate, or both, for publication? Is revision indicated to cultivate style and clarity—to amplify the content? Two or more consultants may be invited to review a paper and offer recommendations.
It would be an exaggeration to suggest that the consultant alone resolves the final judgment on the suitability of a paper; since, in the editorial offices of The Journal there is determination to avoid unsound concepts, unsupported
OUR CONSULTANTS. JAMA. 1962;182(5):567–568. doi:10.1001/jama.1962.03050440059019
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