The origin of “journalology” was rooted in one nephrologist’s desire to ensure a more evidence-based approach to the medical publication pipeline, according to a Science report.
When Drummond Rennie, a deputy editor of the Journal of the American Medical Association, first joined the journal after a stent with the New England Journal of Medicine in the 70s, he said it “was in an utter shambles.”
“It was a laughing stock,” he told Science. “Papers were ridiculous. They were anecdotes following anecdotes.”
Thus, Rennie, alongside his editor-in-chief George Lundberg, introduced the Peer Review Congress, which would host its inaugural meeting in Chicago, Illinois.
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