The AMWA (American Medical Writers Association), the EMWA (European Medical Writers Association), and the ISMPP (International Society for Medical Publication Professionals) recently released a joint statement on maintaining integrity in scientific and medical writing, throughout the peer review process. The authors discuss some of the downsides of preprints, as well as suggestions including more incentives for reviewers and standardizing formatting requirements. Authors, journal editors, and publishers are all called upon to play a part in improving publication quality.
According to Dr. Robert Matheis, President and CEO of ISMPP, “For those engaged in preprints, post-publication peer-review, as well as traditional peer-review publications, our Joint Statement presents key practical recommendations to safeguard the quality of the publications while supporting their more rapid dissemination. We strongly encourage authors, journal editors, publishers, and other stakeholders to review and apply these practical suggestions, ensuring a high-quality standard for published research, irrespective of the format.” Read more here.
(Source: The MAP Newsletter, 4/6/2021)