Environmental Science and Pollution Research

, Volume 23, Issue 15, pp 15774–15778 | Cite as

The critical role of pre-publication peer review—a case study of glyphosate

  • Frank N. DostEmail author
Letter to the Editor


This discussion considers the impact of inadequate peer review on an internationally important decision on the safety of a common pesticide. There have been hundreds of articles and essays and conferences on the importance and the problems of pre-publication review, but difficulties with the process are still with us.

Ideally, before publication, a research report submitted to a scientific journal is sent by the editor to one or more experts in the field for review. The author responds to the critiques and the editor(s) decide whether the revised paper is to be published. That ideal may fail if the pre-publication peer review has been less than thorough or the work has been sent to a journal with inadequate or no review. Unfortunately, such outlets do exist. When poor work finds its way into print, it is too often accepted as authoritative. The costs in time, knowledge, and social distress are substantial.

The consequences of insufficiently critiqued publication on an...


Glyphosate Roundup Diazinon Sister Chromatid Exchange Glyphosate Herbicide 
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I am most grateful to Professors Alvin L. Young and Michael Newton for their pre-publication review of this letter. FND


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Agricultural Chemistry and Forest ToxicologyOregon State UniversityCorvallisUSA

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