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Article
October 11, 1965

On Reviewing Scientific Papers

JAMA. 1965;194(2):210. doi:10.1001/jama.1965.03090150102037

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Abstract

To the Editor:—  The reviewer of scientific articles has a great obligation to the readership of the journal, to the author of the paper, and to the journal itself.Obviously, the reviewer needs to be competent in the subject under discussion. With the rapid advances in science, only a reviewer directly engaged in the area he is to review can adequately undertake the task. His critique should concern itself with the clarity of the text, the methods employed, statistical tests that may or should have been carried out, rationale of the interpretations as well as a careful assessment of the references. An article should not be accepted for publication unless all pertinent views have been cited and proper credit is given to previously published work. Personal bias should obviously not affect a reviewer's critique.The task of the reviewer would be facilitated if authors would transmit their papers for review

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