Saturday, January 21, 2006

How Relevant are Peer Review Journals Nowadays?

Well, of late a lot of debate has been on the net as well as my site and my letter to the editor on Radiographics discussing Web Versus Peer Review. This is what Richard Smith, Former editor for the BMJ for 25 years has to say,
"The most conspicuous example of medical journals' dependence on the pharmaceutical industry is the substantial income from advertising, but this is, I suggest, the least corrupting form of dependence. The advertisements may often be misleading and the profits worth millions, but the advertisements are there for all to see and criticise.
The much bigger problem lies with the original studies, particularly the clinical trials, published by journals. A large trial published in a major journal has the journal's stamp of approval (unlike the advertising), will be distributed around the world, and may well receive global media coverage, particularly if promoted simultaneously by press releases from both the journal and the expensive public-relations firm hired by the pharmaceutical company that sponsored the trial."
Full Article Here-

2 comments:

Anonymous said...

I completely agree... but there IS A SOLUTION!

JournalReview.org is an on-line journal club that my residency program participates in (in Dermatology), but there are sections for all listed medical specialties. Here the true value of published literature can be discussed for all to see!!

It has been a great educational experience for us to participate in this project. (and it is free to do so)

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