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Year : 2008  |  Volume : 6  |  Issue : 1  |  Page : 237-243

What Medical Journal Editing Means to Me

Associate Editor, BMJ and previously Editor, Archives of Disease in Childhood, United Kingdom

Correspondence Address:
Harvey Marcovitch
BMA House, Tavistock Square, London WC1H 9JR, England
United Kingdom
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Source of Support: None, Conflict of Interest: None

DOI: 10.4103/0973-1229.33004

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Papers in medical journals are often difficult to understand and tedious to read. An editor's first loyalty should be to readers, by prioritising readability over merely producing a repository of data for the scientific community generally. The web now provides infinite repository space so there is even less excuse for journals to be unreadable. I give examples of how I attempted to improve one journal, despite external pressures and regardless of how it might affect the Impact Factor. As a postscript I outline increasing involvement in promoting honesty and integrity in publishing through the auspices of the Committee on Publication Ethics (COPE).

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