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June 10, 1983

A Realistic Journal Reading Plan: Quality as Well as Quantity-Reply

Author Affiliations

University of Wisconsin Medical School Madison

JAMA. 1983;249(22):3019. doi:10.1001/jama.1983.03330460019023

In Reply.—  Drs Kaplan and Caldroney make valid suggestions. I agree with them. As a practical matter, however, the practicing physician needs to depend on the skill of the journal editors and their outside consultants ("peers," "referees") to review the methodology, statistical tests, and discussions of published original articles as an aid in verifying their validity. Therefore, you must select your journals with care!A good example of this peer-review process in action has recently been published in a series of articles and editorials on multiple sclerosis.1-4