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May 26, 2015

The Eighth International Congress on Peer Review and Biomedical Publication: A Call for Research

Author Affiliations
  • 1Director, Peer Review Congress
  • 2Philip R. Lee Institute for Health Policy Studies, University of California, San Francisco
  • 3Executive Managing Editor, JAMA and The JAMA Network, Chicago, Illinois
  • 4Editor in Chief, BMJ, London, England
  • 5Executive Editor, BMJ, London, England
JAMA. 2015;313(20):2031-2032. doi:10.1001/jama.2015.4665

Everyone has a stake in the quality of the biomedical literature. With that in mind, we announce our intention to hold the Eighth International Congress on Peer Review and Biomedical Publication, September 10-12, 2017, in Chicago, Illinois. As with the previous Congresses, our aim will be to improve the quality and credibility of biomedical information and to help advance the efficiency, effectiveness, and equitability of scientific information dissemination throughout the world.

We announced in 1986 that we would sponsor and hold a conference to present the results of research into the process of editorial selection and improvement of scientific manuscripts, constituting peer review.1 Each of these Congresses, held every 4 years since 1989 and organized by JAMA and the BMJ, have been devoted to 3 days of presentations of original research into editorial processes. A successful feature of the Congresses is our insistence on giving members of the audience ample time to debate the research presented.