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On Peer Review

doi: 10.1097/01.ede.0000363146.81014.55
Infectious Diseases: Commentary

No researcher likes to have work criticized – and Albert Einstein was no exception. In 1936, Einstein was the world's most famous physicist. He submitted a paper (with Nathan Rosen) to the Physical Review. The editor sent the paper to a referee, and returned the paper to Einstein saying he “would be glad to have [Einstein's] reaction to the various comments and criticism the referee has made.”

As it turned out, the referee was right. Einstein later published the paper in another journal—with the error corrected.1

1. Einstein versus the Physical Review. Physics Today, September 2005, pp 43–48.
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