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OBJECTIVE To investigate whether substantive criticism in electronic letters to the editor, defined as a problem that could invalidate the research or reduce its reliability, is adequately addressed by the authors. DESIGN Cohort study. SETTING BMJ between October 2005 and September 2007. Inclusion criteria Research papers generating substantive(More)
OBJECTIVES To see whether telling peer reviewers that their signed reviews of original research papers might be posted on the BMJ's website would affect the quality of their reviews. DESIGN Randomised controlled trial. SETTING A large international general medical journal based in the United Kingdom. PARTICIPANTS 541 authors, 471 peer reviewers, and(More)