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August 1986

Exclusionary Editorial Policy of Peer-Reviewed Publications and the Accuracy of News Tabloids

Author Affiliations

Thorofare, NJ

Arch Ophthalmol. 1986;104(8):1111. doi:10.1001/archopht.1986.01050200017002

To the Editor.  —The role of news tabloids has been addressed in the Archives1,2 and other peer-reviewed journals. As executive editor of one such tabloid, Ocular Surgery News, I appreciate this opportunity to comment.Although valid arguments—including an interesting constitutional one—exist, I am not writing to defend or explain the role of tabloids. I believe most ophthalmologists understand that role and choose either to recognize it or not. But no one can fairly predict that the ophthalmic news tabloid is going to go away.I am reacting to a common theme, articulated in the above-referenced works, that the tabloids are less accurate than peer-reviewed journals, which is probably true by definition, and that the publishers of the tabloids therefore must feel a lesser commitment to accuracy, which is demonstrably untrue.In addition to review by the executive editor and chief medical editor, Ocular Surgery News sends galley copies via