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Letters: Comments

Comments on papers published in Annals. Anyone can submit a comment any time after publication, but only those submitted within 4 weeks of an article’s publication will be considered for print publication.  Readers wishing to comment must have access to the article. One month after publication, editors review all posted comments and select some for publication in the Letters section of the print version of Annals. [Not peer-reviewed]


Typically 5 or fewer, although exceptions may be made at editors’ discretion




400 words maximum (excludes references)


5 or fewer bibliographic references



Other considerations

Name, current appointment, place of work, and e-mail address are required with the submission, and will be published with your response. Those posting comments must declare potential conflicts of interests.

Annals will not post comments that contain unprofessional language or messages or that personally attack an individual. To avoid redundancy, we urge you to read previously posted comments before submitting your own.

Readers can post comments at our Web site to published articles any time after publication. To do so, use the "Comment" tab that appears to the left of the html version of the relevant article. Readers wishing to comment must have access to the article. Access may be obtained if the article is free, the reader is a subscriber/member, the reader is accessing the article via an institutional subscription, or the person purchased pay per view access. 

Only those comments posted within 4 weeks of the article’s appearance in a print issue will be eligible to be considered for publication in the Annals Letters section. Exceptions will be made if a late comment notes a factual error that requires correction. Annals will ask authors of the article to draft a response to comments selected for the Letters section. Authors have a responsibility to review comments about their articles: They should consider responding to any that they believe warrant response, and must promptly respond to comments that raise questions about possible errors in the manuscript. Authors’ responses to comments that raise questions about possible errors should either acknowledge and correct the error or confirm that no error was present.

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