November 2005; 31(4)


Peers on peer re view: 5th International Congress on peer re view and biomedical publication. Ana Marusic


Dif ferences between the sciences in their handling of the research literature. Jack Meadows

Is there a demand for science communication courses? The experience of the Croatian Medical Journal. Dario Sambunjak, Ana Ivanis

From the literature

 What do we know about peer re view? Liz Wager

 EASE-Forum digest: July–September 2005. Elise Langdon-Neuner (compiler)

Book reviews

Elizabeth Wager: Getting re search published: an A to Z of publication strategy (reviewed by Tim Albert)

John Seely: Ox ford guide to effective writing and speaking (reviewed by John Kirkman)

Neil M Davis: Medical abbreviations: 26,000 conveniences at the expense of communication and safety, 12th ed. (re viewed by Jane Moody)

Sean Brennan: The NHS IT Project: the biggest computer programme in the world . . . ever! (re viewed by Margaret Corbett)

Regular features

The Editors’ WebWatch. Moira Vekony

127 News Notes. Margaret Cooter

News from editing societies. Jane Sykes

130 Forth coming meetings, courses and BELS ex aminations

131 Member ship list additions and changes

134 Member ship of EASE [member ship in formation and application form]