JOEL D. HOWELL, M.D.; SUSAN BLITZ, M.D.
To the editor: In analyzing the relative impact of medical journals, Dr. Garfield gave greater weight to articles that had more than 1 author than he did to those with a single author (1). Although we agree with a rating system that downgrades anonymous articles, we fail to see why multiple authorship need indicate higher quality. Moreover, such a rating system encourages a trend already bemoaned by many observers, including Dr. Garfield—the rapid growth in the number of authors per paper (2-5). Major medical journals, including many highly rated ones (1), routinely publish articles with 10, 12, or 14 authors,
HOWELL JD, BLITZ S. Which Journals Have the Greatest Impact?. Ann Intern Med. ;105:975–976. doi: 10.7326/0003-4819-105-6-975_2
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Published: Ann Intern Med. 1986;105(6):975-976.
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