B – Evaluation of peer review system

O’Dowd A. Peer review system needs thorough evaluation, MPs hear. BMJ 2011;342:d3046
(doi: 10.1136/bmj.d3046)

The UK parliamentary science and technology committee carried out an inquiry into the peer review process in science. Several medical and scientific journal editors appearing before the committee last May spoke of the many merits of the peer review system, but they raised some concerns about the variability of its quality and a lack of adequate evaluation to confirm its value. They agreed that the process should be improved. Another issue regarded whether the peer review process had a “conservative impact” on science and whether this was problem. The BMJ Group produced a written evidence to the parliamentary inquiry.