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Secretive and Subjective, Peer Review Proves Resistant to Study

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Science  20 Sep 2013:
Vol. 341, Issue 6152, pp. 1331
DOI: 10.1126/science.341.6152.1331

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At the International Congress on Peer Review and Biomedical Publication, efforts to explore the scientific literature have shifted away from peer review and into other areas, such as bias and authorship. With a dearth of available data and funding, large systematic studies of how peer review works and doesn't aren't easy to get off the ground.