Medical Journals Look Beyond Industry to Study Their Shortcomings

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Bram Budel, Hollandse Hoogte, Redux

Drummond Rennie, a deputy editor of The Journal of the American Medical Association and director of a conference on peer review, said pressure for promotion at American universities may weaken clinical research.

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Bram Budel, Hollandse Hoogte, Redux

Drummond Rennie, a deputy editor of The Journal of the American Medical Association and director of a conference on peer review, said pressure for promotion at American universities may weaken clinical research.

Criticisms of peer-reviewed medical journals have had a dominant theme in recent years: Corporate sponsorships and inducements can lead scientists to write substandard or misleading research.

But this week in Chicago, at the latest gathering of editors of major medical journals committed to improving the peer-review process, the cast of suspects appeared to be widening.

For sure, those attending the Seventh International Congress on Peer Review and Biomedical Publication got