I know we've been posting a lot lately about the trustworthiness of medical publications (here, here, and here, for example). Now, thanks to Anne Taylor-Vaisey, I read this article about how journals are fighting back. A snip:
- This year BMJ, a leading British medical journal, started demanding that everyone who submits an article also submit the original study design plans, so that peer reviewers can see whether the authors changed the goalposts when publishing the study. It's weighing whether to make the plans and the reviewers' comments public.
"We want to make sure that we're not misleading the public," says Kamran Abbasi, deputy editor of BMJ.
JAMA and other top journals are also asking authors more frequently for their original study designs. Editors at JAMA sometimes call in independent statisticians to review the results. Several medical journals are also requiring that sponsors of clinical trials starting this July or later register details such as goals and size in a public database if they wish the results to be published.