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The Importance of Peer Review

Floch, Martin H. M.D., Editor-in-Chief

Journal of Clinical Gastroenterology: May-June 2002 - Volume 34 - Issue 5 - p 502

DOI: 10.1097/01.MCG.0000012452.25356.77

In this issue, we take time to thank the many people that have taken anywhere from 30 minutes to 3 hours to review an article for the Journal. Their input is critical in the decision process of publishing unsolicited research and case reports. All submitted manuscripts have a minimum of one reviewer, and most have two reviewers plus the review of one of the Editors. This process guarantees fairness and, we hope, pertinence of the articles that are published. From time to time, we have to remind our readers and ourselves that this Journal is a peer-review journal. I will not comment as to the merit of the large volume of literature that crosses our desks today from non–peer-reviewed journals and non–peer-reviewed industry-supported educational material. However, we must keep in mind the importance of the peer-reviewed material. Many of us are so busy that we have little time to read, and unfortunately, we wind up reading non–peer-reviewed material versus the educational material that has gone through the accepted critique of the peer review system.

We are indebted to those that help this Journal maintain the high standards of peer review and hope that our readers will appreciate the material that has gone through that process.

© 2002 Lippincott Williams & Wilkins, Inc.