• Introduction to health information on the Web • How many people are using the Web for health information? • What is the quality of information there? • How can we (and our patients) judge quality reliably?
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)
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)
Open access to the peer-reviewed primary research literature would greatly facilitate knowledge transfer between the creators and the users of the results of research and scholarship. Criteria are needed to assess the impact of recent initiatives, such as the Budapest Open Access Initiative. For example, how many open-access research journals exist within a… (More)
The journal will be 175 years old next year. During that time it has had four names: the Now it gets a fifth, with the inclusion in its name of the definite article. The journal formerly known as BMJ will now be formally known as The BMJ. This subtle change has several aims and consequences. Firstly, it allows us to embrace and champion the growing number… (More)
Cost effectiveness is critical to the success of immunisation programmes in developing countries. Being able to continuously, flexibly and accurately monitor the vaccine supply chain can help reduce the cost of operating it, and savings can be applied to deliver further resources to those that need them. In this paper, we present a Cloud-based continuous… (More)
Scientic journals have migrated onto the world wide web at an astonishing rate. They've had no option: scientic researchers have moved even faster. For researchers, information that is out of sight is out of mind. Not to be seen is not to be cited and not to be cited is not to be read. It's a terminally vicious circle for journals that are not online. And… (More)