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A secretary in Seattle has done the impossible. She has gotten 10 editors to agree on a uniform style for bibliographic references in the 18 journals they represent. She was tired of typing "References" sections in medical manuscripts to suit the different styles demanded by willful editors. Her complaint to one editor led to informal talks among 12 editors on this problem in May 1968 and again in May 1969, during the AFCR-ASCI-AAP meetings in Atlantic City. Two of the group drafted a proposal for uniform usage in references that was circulated among 18 editors. A modified version of the
Standard Forms for References. Ann Intern Med. ;72:140–141. doi: 10.7326/0003-4819-72-1-140
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Published: Ann Intern Med. 1970;72(1):140-141.
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