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Preserving Confidentiality in the Peer Review Process

Catherine D. DeAngelis, MD, MPH; Joseph P. Thornton, JD
JAMA. 2008;299(16):1956. doi:10.1001/jama.299.16.jed80000.
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For the past year or so, JAMA and the Archives of Internal Medicine have been involved in litigation that significantly threatened the integrity of our peer review process. We now inform our reviewers, authors, and readers about the results of this litigation that preserve the confidentiality of our peer review process.

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