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How to spot a statistical problem: advice for a non-statistical reviewer

An article published in BMC Medicine this week provides insights into how peer reviewers should evaluate statistics in publications.

The article aims to cover the following questions:

  • Is there sufficient detail to review the statistical methods?
  • Are there any common statistical issues?
  • Is the presentation of results appropriate?
  • Is the interpretation of results appropriate?

The authors conclude: “We have provided a number of indicators to assist the non-statistical reviewer… If reviewers lack the appropriate background to positively confirm the appropriateness of any of the manuscript’s statistical aspects, they are encouraged to recommend it for expert statistical review.”.

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