EDITORIAL

Confidential Review--or Not?

Science  22 Feb 2008:
Vol. 319, Issue 5866, pp. 1009
DOI: 10.1126/science.1156250

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At Science, We editors love our reviewers and know that our editorial colleagues elsewhere do too. After all, the process of scientific publication depends on the volunteer services of thousands of experts all over the world who willingly provide, without compensation, confidential and candid evaluations of the work of others. Because all of us in scientific publishing depend on reviewers, we'd better try to keep them at it, happy, and secure. But the following case, involving a lawsuit, a drug company, and the company's assault on the confidential files of a journal, is a bad news story.