Strange Reviewing

Strange Reviewing In the July 11, 1988, issue of The Scientist, Rex Dalton discusses whether reviewers should sign their critiques. I have had several disappointing experiences, and suspect that the unknown reviewers of the Anglo-American medical journals either do not know the English language or are all licted with “sleeping sickness” or are gifted with Mach-2 speed. Four examples illustrate this: 1. A paper dealing with congenital disorders associated with sensorineural deafness

Arnaldo Cantani
Oct 30, 1988

Strange Reviewing

In the July 11, 1988, issue of The Scientist, Rex Dalton discusses whether reviewers should sign their critiques. I have had several disappointing experiences, and suspect that the unknown reviewers of the Anglo-American medical journals either do not know the English language or are all licted with “sleeping sickness” or are gifted with Mach-2 speed. Four examples illustrate this:

1. A paper dealing with congenital disorders associated with sensorineural deafness was sent to a leading otorhinolaryngological journal. The referees blamed the authors because they failed to discuss the Treacher-Collins syndrome, which of course falls in a different medical category.

2. In another journal, authors reporting on a rare syndrome stated that they were aware of only one pediatric case of that syndrome. A letter was then sent to the journal illustrating 17 pediatric cases. But the letter was refused by a reviewer because the topic of respiratory failure...

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