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Research study designs: an appraisal for peer reviewers and science editors

Issue: 39(2) May 2013. Essays Pages 44 – 45

Edward F. Barroga
Edward F. Barroga Department of International Medical Communications, Tokyo Medical University, 6-7-1 Nishishinjuku, Shinjuku-ku, Tokyo 160-0023, Japan; [email protected]

Takako Kojima
Department of Medical Education, Tokyo Women’s Medical University, Tokyo, 162-8666, Japan, [email protected]


Research study designs systematise scholarly works. Inadequate knowledge of research designs and reviewers’ comments that are not based on Research reporting standards result in low quality publications. In this paper we present some medical research designs and discuss how peer reviewers and editors should comment to ensure the adherence to research reporting standards


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