Submitting Peer-Review Reports Could Expedite Process

Survey of editors of medical journals finds both potential advantages, concerns
WEDNESDAY, March 27 (HealthDay News) -- Attaching previous peer-review reports during the next submission of the same paper to a different journal could optimize the peer-review process, according to research published in the March/April issue of the Annals of Family Medicine.
Jochen W.L. Cals, M.D., Ph.D., from Maastricht University in the Netherlands, and colleagues surveyed the editors-in-chief of all 100 general medical journals from the citation impact factor report category "internal and general medicine."
The researchers found that, of the 61 responses, one in four journals currently received peer-review reports on occasion. Editors expressed both potential advantages and concerns regarding using previous peer-review reports in the areas of scientific community, quality of papers, and the publication process.
"The use of previous peer-review reports has the potential to facilitate authors, reviewers, and editors in optimizing peer review in general medical science," the authors write.
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