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When reading the review article ‘The effectiveness of community maintenance with methadone or buprenorphine for treating opiate dependence’,1 I was interested to note that according to their stated qualifications, not one of the authors is qualified to practise medicine.
Looking at other papers in the same issue, I wonder if this is a feature of your house style. If so, might thought be given to providing more information about the credentials of authors?
The Information to Readers and Author opens with the statement that the BJGP gives priority ‘to research articles asking questions of direct relevance to patient care. Papers are considered on the basis of this alone; the professional background of the authors (and whether or not they are members of the Royal College of General Practitioners) is of no importance’. We have always felt that the message matters much more than the provenance of the person proclaiming it. −Ed.