Drummond Rennie, MD; Elizabeth Knoll, PhD
As medicine has grown, it has become clear that no one person could encompass all its expanding fields, and so the twentieth century has been the age of the specialist. Editors of specialty journals are receiving manuscripts of an ever more specialized nature, and increasingly find themselves the only generalists in a field. Their response has invariably been to set up a cadre of expert reviewers who, on this side of the Atlantic, are called peers.
Most editors of influential medical journals send manuscripts out to review. Although they are well aware of the system's weaknesses, ranging from delay to
Rennie D, Knoll E. Investigating Peer Review. Ann Intern Med. 1988;109:181. doi: 10.7326/0003-4819-109-3-181
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Published: Ann Intern Med. 1988;109(3):181.
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