Is peer review sufficient for journal CME?

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Anne Taylor-Vaisey, my co-blogger, sent along this link to an article in The Chronicle of Higher Education, which is a fascinating piece. Titled, "Scholar Sends Sham Papers to Social-Work Journals

to Show Weakness of Peer Review," the article points out the potential problems of relying on peer review.

Back when I was editing an environmental chemistry magazine, I relied on an advisory panel for the technical correctness of what we published and, judging by the scathing letters we sometimes got refuting the science, they didn't always do a great job. But even I could have caught one of the more egregious errors cited in the article, the one where he got the math wrong. I'll never be an Einstein, but I do know how to subtract!

Anyway, read it soon because the link's only good for five days (unless you're a regular subscriber: then you can see it anytime here).

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