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Critical peer review of papers before they are accepted for publication is the main assurance to readers of journals that what they read is both sound in content and worth their attention. Modern medicine is so wide-reaching and so complex that editors can not assess most papers with the close scrutiny they expect of the consultants who volunteer to render expert judgments. But the peer review system is not flawless. Consultants' omissions, errors, and misjudgments sometimes escape detection by an editor who then rejects papers he or she should have accepted or accepts papers not worth the space in the
Our Thanks to Our Consultants. Ann Intern Med. 1982;96:119. doi: https://doi.org/10.7326/0003-4819-96-1-119_2
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