EUGENE GARFIELD, PH.D.
To the editor: The letter by Cooper and Ridgeway (1) illustrates the "bum rap" that secondary services receive through false publication dates (2). Endocrinologica Japonica is ajournal that is consistently late, lagging as much as 10 months. The "1981" issue of the journal containing the Hamada article was received by us on 6 July 1982. The issue in question appeared in Current Contents within a few weeks of receipt.
Although Current Contents can try to persuade journals to be honest about their publication dates we cannot force them to adhere to unwritten international standards. Lacking a World Court of Science
GARFIELD E. Publication Dates. Ann Intern Med. ;100:457. doi: 10.7326/0003-4819-100-3-457_1
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Published: Ann Intern Med. 1984;100(3):457.
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