DONALD S. COFFEY, Ph.D.
To the editor: The recent editorial comment on repetitive publication (1) addresses the important issue of duplication of published data; but the spirit in which the editorial was written and the example chosen were unfortunate. As presented, the editorial misled readers in a far more biased way than does the situation that the editorial addresses. The specific case of duplicate publication cited in the editorial was not as simple as it was made to appear.
In reviewing this situation, I found that the authors presented the original manuscript to Annals for peer review and it was accepted for publication (2).
COFFEY DS. Repetitive Publication. Ann Intern Med. ;107:603–604. doi: 10.7326/0003-4819-107-4-603_2
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Published: Ann Intern Med. 1987;107(4):603-604.
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