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Ten years ago a secretary in Seattle complained to several American editors of having to retype bibliographic references each time her boss had to revise a rejected manuscript to prepare it for submission to another journal. Her complaint made possible the impossible. It shamed 10 editors into agreeing on the Index Medicus form of bibliographic references for their 18 journals. This agreement, announced in this journal in January 1970 (1), was quickly adopted by many other journals.
The wheels set rolling in 1968 by the Seattle secretary did not come to a stop with the agreement on bibliographic references. Within
Uniform Requirements for Manuscripts. Ann Intern Med. ;90:120. doi: 10.7326/0003-4819-90-1-120
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Published: Ann Intern Med. 1979;90(1):120.
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