Table 5

Number of different types of comments per article

Mean number of types of comments (95% CI)*p Value
Sponsor type0.035
 Non-industry8.2 (7.6 to 8.8)†
 Industry-supported8.0 (7.4 to 8.6)
 Industry-sponsored7.2 (6.6 to 7.8)†
Trial results0.794
 Positive7.8 (7.3 to 8.2)
 Negative7.9 (7.3 to 8.4)
Decision about acceptance0.145
 Rejected8.0 (7.6 to 8.5)
 Accepted7.5 (6.9 to 8.0)
  • *The mean number of types of comments per manuscript is controlled for the number of reviewers per manuscript.

  • †The p value for the mean difference between non-industry and industry-sponsored trials is <0.05.