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Translating critical appraisal of a manuscript into meaningful peer review

Posted on 15th January 2013 by

Learning Resources
looking over papers
  1. The available evidence regarding the effectiveness and utility of the peer review process;
  2. The purpose, process, and responsibilities in peer review from the perspective of the author, editor, and peer reviewer;
  3. The different types of clinical research questions and appropriate designs for studying them;
  4. The strengths and limitations of the various study designs;
  5. Measures used to test association between exposures and outcomes;
  6. How to apply critical appraisal to manuscripts submitted for peer review;
  7. How to provide meaningful feedback to authors and editors that they can use to improve manuscript quality.

Student opinion:

A great collection of resources for individuals wishing to undertake peer review. Although focused on ophthalmologists the principles are easily translated. 5 out of 5


Free online course on journal peer review [Internet]. Cochrane Eyes and Vision Group; [updated 1 November 2012; cited 15 January 2013]. Available from: http://eyes.cochrane.org/free-online-course-journal-peer-review


Andrew Harper

Andrew Harper (http://about.me/andrewharper) is a New England Journal of Medicine Scholar. He is a final year medical student at Newcastle University in the United Kingdom and has gained an MSc in Medical Genetics with distinction. His current clinical interests are in cardiology, but he also has research and teaching interests. He has published a wide-range of research articles. You can follow Andrew on twitter (@arharper17) to find out how genomics and digital health can improve healthcare. View more posts from Andrew

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