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Table 2 Participant characteristics

From: The most important tasks for peer reviewers evaluating a randomized controlled trial are not congruent with the tasks most often requested by journal editors

Characteristic Total
  N = 203
Expertise N (%)
− Clinician 93 (45.8)
− Methodologist 72 (35.5)
− Both (clinician/methodologist) 17 (8.4)
− Other 21 (10.3)
Affiliationa  
− Non-profit 179 (95.7)
− For-profit 5 (2.7)
− Publisher 3 (1.6)
Countryb  
− Oceania 14 (8.9)
− South America/Asia 15 (9.6)
− USA/Canada 51 (32.5)
− Europe 77 (49.0)
Total no. of completed randomized trials participated in as an investigatorc  
−0 17 (8.4)
−1–5 99 (48.8)
−6–10 42 (20.7)
−11–15 19 (9.4)
−16–20 4 (2.0)
− >20 22 (10.8)
Mean no. of articles peer-reviewed per yearc  
−1–5 35 (17.2)
−6–10 51 (25.1)
−11–20 55 (27.1)
−20–50 39 (19.2)
− >50 23 (11.3)
Mean no. of articles reporting an RCT peer-reviewed per yearc  
−1–5 150 (73.9)
−6–10 27 (13.3)
−11–20 13 (6.4)
−20–50 8 (3.9)
− >50 5 (2.5)
Ask colleagues to help with the peer reviewc  
− Never 58 (28.6)
− Rarely 92 (45.3)
− Sometimes 41 (20.2)
− Regularly 10 (4.9)
− Always 2 (1.0)
Trainingd  
− Formal academic training 33 (16.4)
− Mentoring by your supervisor 59 (29.4)
− Tutorial on training sessions offered by editors 13 (6.5)
− Not trained 61 (30.3)
− Other trained 2 (1.0)
− Several forms of training 33 (16.4)
Mean time for a peer review of an RCT (hours)c  
− <1 7 (3.4)
−1–2 72 (35.5)
−2–4 85 (41.9)
− >4 39 (19.2)
Agree to disclose your name when proposed or requested by an editorc  
− Never 25 (12.3)
− Rarely 25 (12.3)
− Sometimes 49 (24.1)
− Regularly 45 (22.2)
− Always 59 (29.1)
  1. a12 (5.9 %) missing data; b46 (22.7 %) missing data; cNo missing data; d2 (1 %) missing data
  2. RCT Randomized controlled trial