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Statistical reviewing

As modern medical research is based on statistical inference rather than on expert opinions and case reporting, many scientific medical journals have included statistical reviewing of submitted manuscripts. The purpose of this reviewing, which is performed by professional statisticians, has been described (1) as:

The responsibilities of a statistical reviewer “To make sure that the authors spell out for the reader the limitations imposed upon the conclusions by the design of the study, the collection of data, and the analyses performed.“

Statistical reviewing is generally considered to be increasingly important, but too few statisticians are available for reviewing more than a small fraction of all submitted manuscripts.


  1. Shor S. The responsibilities of a statistical reviewer. Chest 1972;61:486-487.
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