Does masking author identity improve peer review quality? A randomized controlled trial

TitleDoes masking author identity improve peer review quality? A randomized controlled trial
Publication TypeJournal Article
Year of Publication1998
AuthorsJustice, AC
JournalJama-Journal of the American Medical Association
Volume280
Issue3
Pagination968-968
Date PublishedSEP 16 1998
Publication Languageeng
ISSN Number00987484
Accession NumberISI:000075891400027
KeywordsMEDICINE , Peer Reivew
AbstractThis article reports on a study that looks at how masking author identity improves the quality of the peer review process. The authors found that articles by well known authors were significantly harder to mask, and that when analysis was restricted to successfully masked manuscripts, review quality as assessed by editors and authors still did not differ. The authors conclude that masking reviewers to author identity as commonly practiced did not improve the quality of reviews.Since manuscripts of well-known authors are more difficult to mask, and those manuscripts may be more likely to beneļ¬t from masking, the inability to mask reviewers to the identity of well-known authors may have contributed to the lack of effect.
URLhttp://jama.ama-assn.org/content/280/3/240.full.pdf
Short TitleDoes masking author identity improve peer review quality? A randomized controlled trial (vol 280, 240, 1998)
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