Peer Review

Having read about peer review recently, here are two errors.

False negatives – These are defined as articles that deserve to be published but are not. A good example comes from a Wall Street Journal article about the drug Vioxx. Basically, a pharmacist analyzed data – correctly – that showed a problem with the drug but her submission to the New England Journal was rejected.

IMHO, false negatives result from the author – “not being a member of the club”

False positives – These are defined as articles that are published but shouldn’t be. The work of Ioannidis is a good place to start such as “Why Most Published Research Findings Are False.”

IMHO, false negatives result from the author – “being a member of the club”

The good part of peer review comes from constructive comments.

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