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Prodding tardy reviewers: a randomized comparison of telephone, fax, and e-mail.
MedLine Citation:
PMID:  12038914     Owner:  NLM     Status:  MEDLINE    
CONTEXT: To compare telephone, fax, and e-mail methods of prodding tardy reviewers.
METHODS: Randomized trial conducted January 1998 through June 1999 at the main editorial office of Obstetrics & Gynecology. Reviewers who had failed to file reviews by 28 days after being sent manuscripts (7 days after deadline) were sent identical messages in oral (telephone) or written (fax and e-mail) form inquiring as to the status of review, asking for its completion as soon as possible, and requesting it be sent by fax or e-mail.
RESULTS: Of 378 reviewers, proportions returning reviews within 7 days were essentially identical: telephone, 85 (68%) of 125; fax, 86 (67%) of 129; and e-mail, 84 (67%) of 124 (P =.59). In the two thirds who responded, the mean time to return reviews did not differ among the 3 groups.
CONCLUSION: Contacting tardy reviewers resulted in a review being received within 7 days in about two thirds of cases, and it made no difference if the contact was made by telephone, fax, or e-mail.
Roy M Pitkin; Leon F Burmeister
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Publication Detail:
Type:  Comparative Study; Evaluation Studies; Journal Article    
Journal Detail:
Title:  JAMA     Volume:  287     ISSN:  0098-7484     ISO Abbreviation:  JAMA     Publication Date:  2002 Jun 
Date Detail:
Created Date:  2002-05-31     Completed Date:  2002-06-14     Revised Date:  2014-09-17    
Medline Journal Info:
Nlm Unique ID:  7501160     Medline TA:  JAMA     Country:  United States    
Other Details:
Languages:  eng     Pagination:  2794-5     Citation Subset:  AIM; IM    
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MeSH Terms
Computer Communication Networks*
Manuscripts, Medical
Peer Review, Research / methods*
Periodicals as Topic
Random Allocation

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