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A peek behind the curtain: Peer review and editorial decision-making in STROKE.
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PMID:  25043350     Owner:  NLM     Status:  Publisher    
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Objective. A better understanding of the manuscript peer-review process could improve the likelihood that research of the highest quality is funded and published. To this end, we aimed to assess consistency across reviewers' recommendations; agreement between reviewers' recommendations and editors' final decisions; and reviewer- and editor-level factors influencing editorial decisions in STROKE Journal. Methods. We analyzed all initial original contributions submitted to STROKE from January 2004 through December 2011. All submissions were linked to the final editorial decision (accept vs. reject). We assessed the level of agreement between reviewers (intraclass correlation coefficient). We compared the initial editorial decision (accept, minor revision, major revision and reject) across reviewers' recommendations. We performed a logistic regression analysis to identify reviewer- and editor-related factors related to acceptance as the final decision. Results. Of 12,902 original submissions to STROKE during the 8-year study period, the level of agreement between reviewers was between fair and moderate (intraclass correlation coefficient 0.55, 95%CI: 0.09-0.75). Likelihood of acceptance was less than 5% if at least one reviewer recommended a rejection. In the multivariable analysis, higher reviewer-assigned priority scores were related to greater odds of acceptance (OR 26.3, 95%CI: 23.2-29.8); while higher numbers of reviewers (OR 0.54 per additional reviewer, 95%CI: 0.50-0.59) and suggestions for reviewers by authors vs. no suggestions (OR 0.83, 95%CI: 0.73-0.94) had lesser odds of acceptance. Interpretation. This analysis of the peer-review process of STROKE identified several factors that might be targeted to improve the consistency and fairness of the overall process. ANN NEUROL 2014. © 2014 American Neurological Association.
Authors:
Luciano A Sposato; Bruce Ovbiagele; S Claiborne Johnston; Marc Fisher; Gustavo Saposnik
Publication Detail:
Type:  JOURNAL ARTICLE     Date:  2014-7-4
Journal Detail:
Title:  Annals of neurology     Volume:  -     ISSN:  1531-8249     ISO Abbreviation:  Ann. Neurol.     Publication Date:  2014 Jul 
Date Detail:
Created Date:  2014-7-21     Completed Date:  -     Revised Date:  -    
Medline Journal Info:
Nlm Unique ID:  7707449     Medline TA:  Ann Neurol     Country:  -    
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Languages:  ENG     Pagination:  -     Citation Subset:  -    
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Copyright © 2014 American Neurological Association.
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