Improving Science by Improving Peer Review

Over the past several weeks, a group of us (Jill Avis, Tamara Germani, Kathleen O’Connor, and Michele Dyson) have been working on a project to examine the methodological rigour and reporting of randomized clinical trials (RCTs) in leading obesity journals. What we’ve found…

…is not entirely surprising – improvements are needed by researchers, reviewers, and editors to enhance the quality and transparency with which RCTs to prevent and manage obesity are conducted and reported in our field (although other recent papers in different fields have reported similar findings). Once published, we’ll share the pdf of our paper here.

In a recent commentary in Nature written by Drummond Rennie (a clinician scientist who has held leadership roles at the New England Journal of Medicine, Journal of the American Medical Association, and co-organized the Consolidated Standards Of Reporting Trials – CONSORT) provides a history of the procedures involved in publishing scientific research and the peer review process in general, including an insider’s view of the past, present, and future of academic evaluation and dissemination.


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