JOEL D. HOWELL, M.D.; SUSAN BLITZ, M.D.
HOWELL JD, BLITZ S. Which Journals Have the Greatest Impact?. Ann Intern Med. 1986;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.
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,
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