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Sun Jun 3, 2012, 03:33 PM

 

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How seriously should we take criminology studies focused on guns that are authored and peer reviewed by medical professionals?

Here are a couple of medical authorities talking about peer review, authorities who have experience that seems to be relevant, with two obscure little journals—JAMA and The Lancet:

Drummond Rennie, deputy editor of Journal of the American Medical Association is an organizer of the International Congress on Peer Review and Biomedical Publication, which has been held every four years since 1986.[26] He remarks,

There seems to be no study too fragmented, no hypothesis too trivial, no literature too biased or too egotistical, no design too warped, no methodology too bungled, no presentation of results too inaccurate, too obscure, and too contradictory, no analysis too self-serving, no argument too circular, no conclusions too trifling or too unjustified, and no grammar and syntax too offensive for a paper to end up in print.


Richard Horton, editor of the British medical journal The Lancet, has said that

The mistake, of course, is to have thought that peer review was any more than a crude means of discovering the acceptability—not the validity—of a new finding. Editors and scientists alike insist on the pivotal importance of peer review. We portray peer review to the public as a quasi-sacred process that helps to make science our most objective truth teller. But we know that the system of peer review is biased, unjust, unaccountable, incomplete, easily fixed, often insulting, usually ignorant, occasionally foolish, and frequently wrong.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Peer_review


The quotes above are, at least apparently, talking about MEDICAL peer review.

Those who like to quote epidemiologists, professors of surgery and the like to maintain their criminological positions say things like "these papers are authored and peer reviewed by very smart people at famous universities. You cannot possibly challenge them."

Turnabout is fair play, so I will answer that appeal to authority with another. If medical peer review is this weak on matters of MEDICINE, what possible reason do you have for thinking it is better on CRIMINOLOGY?! Or, are you a better judge of the quality of medical peer review than the editor of The Lancet and the Deputy Editor of JAMA?

Please feel free to list your credentials and to compare and contrast them with those of the gentlemen above. Please feel free to tell us in detail why you feel more qualified than these men to teach us about the validity of medical peer review of MEDICINE. Only after you have addressed medical professionals' skills at MEDICAL peer review can you hope to address their skill at peer reviewing CRIMINOLOGY.

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