May 12, 2014: Current medical knowledge is to a large extent based on results from scientific studies. Traditionally, these results are published in peer-reviewed medical journals. Before being accepted, a scientific paper has to go through critical assessment by expert reviewers who will assess the paper’s suitability for publication. The peer review process is intended to guarantee standards of quality and provide credibility. The highest ranked medical journals only accept a small fraction of papers submitted to them for publication.
by Axel F. Sigurdsson, MD