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The dissemination of science is grounded on the reliability and value of the research literature that, through an editorial process, expresses the necessary detail to meet the reproducibility and refutability demands that underlie the scientific method. Three roles are defined in this editorial process that the researcher may assume at differing times or simultaneously, from the beginning of his career to the end of professional life: those of author, reviewer and editor. Authorship is scientific initiation, and despite identifying ourselves with the scientific method in the development of the research, writing and publication of a manuscript are closer to the methodologies of trial and error during the editorial process. Writing courses on scientific articles favor the structuring of information; however, they cannot cover the individuality of methodological design, and depending on the demands and help provided
through editorial work, the published article may have a variable quality that does not reflect the methodological rigor and results of the research that was carried out. Sooner or later, publishing an article means receiving a call from the journals to be a reviewer of another manuscript in which one might be considered an expert, and for this new role there is no schooling. Review guidelines are sent along with the document to be evaluated and these are used indiscriminately for a laboratory experiment, a clinical trial or a qualitative analysis, among others.

Experience counts and an academic background may lead a reviewer to evaluate using more formative recommendations, while a more exacting researcher will highlight the weaknesses and points where the writing needs improvement.

Mauricio Palacios Gómez, Universidad del Valle

Editor Asociado Revista Colombia Médica

Profesor Asociado Facultad de Salud - Universidad del Valle

Palacios Gómez, M. (2012). From trial and error to Equator Network. Colombia Medica, 43(3), 182–183. https://doi.org/10.25100/cm.v43i3.1217

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Received 2012-09-28
Accepted 2012-09-28
Published 2012-09-28