Table 3

Coded Reasons to Proceed and Not to Proceed with Publication, as Noted by Editors in Phrases on Written Forms Completed for Each Manuscript

Phrase code

Classification

Number of phrases written


Research design & methods

Science

144 (23.9)

Important to medicine

Journalism

59 (9.8)

Peer review comments

Writing

51 (8.4)

Analysis

Science

49 (8.1)

Presentation & interpretation of results

Science

46 (7.6)

Interesting results or topic

Journalism

42 (7.0)

Power, sample size

Science

26 (4.3)

Population studied

Science

25 (4.1)

More data needed

Science

19 (3.2)

Measures used

Science

17 (3.0)

Writing

Writing

15 (2.5)

Novel/new

Journalism

14 (2.3)

Positive or negative results

Journalism

12 (2.2)

Quality of the data

Science

11 (2.0)

Other reasons

Science, journalism, writing

73 (12.1)


Total written phrases

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603 (100)


Dickersin et al. BMC Medical Research Methodology 2007 7:44   doi:10.1186/1471-2288-7-44

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