Trial By Error: Our Exchange Of Views With BMJ Open

David Tuller


By David Tuller, DrPH


Last week, Professor Racaniello e-mailed a letter of concern signed by more than a dozen experts to Dr. Trish Groves, editor-in-chief of BMJ Open. The letter involved Professor Esther Crawley’s school absence study, which the journal published in 2011. As I’d documented in a post last year, the study exempted itself from ethical review based on the false claim that it was “service evaluation” and not “research.”

The next day, Dr. Groves sent the following e-mail:

Dear Professor Racaniello and colleagues
Thank you for your letter.

We assume that you know this case has been thoroughly reviewed by BMJ Open and has been considered by the Committee on Publication Ethics.

If you would like us to also consider posting an eletter to the paper at BMJ Open, please submit it by clicking the link next to the article.

With best wishes


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